Stafford, Va. (WUSA9) -- A former Chief of Medicine from Virginia has be indicted for illegally distributing prescription drugs to over 100 patients; leading to the death of a patient, the Virginia Department of Justice reports.
Court records say that Doctor Nibedita Mohanty, 56, of Stafford, Virginia distributed controlled substances to patients outside her practice, with no legitimate medical purpose, in exchange for cash.
Officials say that Mohanty prescribed controlled substances such as oxycodone and morphene to patients despite knowing that the patients were abusing, misusing, distributing, or selling the drugs.
According to officials, one of Mohanty's patients died after consuming a lethal dosage of oxycodone dispensed by the doctor.
The Department of Justices says that Mohanty had prescribed 760 oxycodone 30 mg tablets to the patient in May of 2011. According to the Department of Justice oxycodone dispensed by Mohanty allegedly caused the patient's death on June 1st. Officials report that other patients suffered serious bodily injury through non-fatal overdoses.
Mohanty served as the Chief of Medicine at Stafford Hospital from June 2009 to February of 2013. While representing herself as a chronic pain management doctor Mohanty treated over 100 patients, officials say. The Virginia Board of Medicine suspended Mohanty's license in April of 2013.
Mohanty has been indicted was indicted on one count of participating in a drug trafficking conspiracy to distribute and dispense controlled substances; one count of distributing and dispensing a controlled substance resulting in the death of a patient; two counts of distributing and dispensing controlled substances resulting in serious bodily injury (nonfatal overdoses); thirty-eight counts of distributing and dispensing controlled substances; two counts of aiding and abetting health care fraud; and one count of aiding and abetting money laundering.
Mohanty faces a mandatory minimum sentence of twenty years in prison, and a maximum penalty of life in prison and a $10 million fine if she is convicted of the major drug trafficking charge relating to the death of a patient after consuming oxycodone.