WALLINGFORD — Federal prosecutors charged a local doctor with receiving cash payments in exchange for writing unnecessary prescriptions for opioid pills that were resold by patients.
Anatoly Braylovsky, 49, operator of Family Practice of Greater New Haven on North Main Street, was charged June 4 with possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, health care fraud and making false statements, according to a statement from the U.S. Department of Justice.
One of Braylovsky’s patients, Jennifer Bousquet, 36, of Wallingford, was also charged with possession with intent to distribute controlled substances and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances for reportedly purchasing prescriptions from Braylovsky to resell.
Prosecutors allege Bousquet received monthly prescriptions from Braylovsky for at least three years.
Calls made to Braylovsky’s practice are directed to a recording stating that “due to unfortunate circumstances, our office is shut down indefinitely.” The message encourages primary care patients to search for a new physician. He could not be reached for further comment.
The Drug Enforcement Agency and local police received complaints about Braylovsky’s dating back to 2014. The DEA and state Department of Consumer Protection’s Drug Control Division notified him in 2016 that “they were concerned about his prescribing practices and informed him that some of his patients had a criminal history.”
Despite the warning, investigators found that Braylovsky continued to prescribe large amounts of opioids and other drugs, according to the DOJ statement. Some patients also supplied Braylovsky with some of the pills after the prescriptions had been filled.
The investigation involved a confidential source and patient who reportedly paid Braylovsky in exchange for multiple oxycodone prescriptions.
“On four occasions between October 2019 and January 2020, the source visited Braylovsky’s office, gave him $1,600 in cash, and received a prescription for 150 oxycodone 30mg pills,” the statement said. “Even though Braylovsky performed no physical examination and did not discuss the source’s health, Braylovsky billed Medicaid for each office visit.”
Braylovsky was ordered detained after appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert M. Spector. Bousquet was released on $150,000 bond.