ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WJLA) - The former chief of medicine at Stafford Hospital in Virginia was indicted by a federal grand jury for operating an illegal prescription drug mill that resulted in the death of at least one person, and seriously damaging the health of two others who had non-fatal overdoses on drugs such as oxycodone, Oxycontin and morphine.
Other serious charges against Nibedita Mohanty, 56, of Stafford, include aiding and abetting health care fraud and money laundering. The total charges include 45 counts against her.
According to the indictment, Mohanty was a physician and served as the Chief of Medicine at Stafford Hospital from June 2009 to February 2013.
Starting in 2008, Mohanty represented herself as a "chronic pain management doctor" and treated more than 100 patients. During that time, Mohanty is accused of distributing painkillers such as oxycodone to many patients without a prescription in return for cash payments.
Mohanty allegedly used those payments "to support a lavish lifestyle and maintain a large home," which included a swimming pool, for which she paid $32,000 in cash "in numerous denominations stuffed in envelopes."
In April 2013, the Virginia Board of Medicine suspended Mohanty's medical license, and in September 2013, Mohanty surrendered her license for a period of three years.
Mohanty faces a mandatory minimum sentence of twenty years in prison, and a maximum penalty of life imprisonment 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.