Third Westmoreland County doctor indicted for illegally prescribing drugs and fraud

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By Amanda Klein | October 4, 2018

A third Westmoreland County physician has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of unlawfully dispensing controlled substances and health care fraud.

The 54-count indictment returned on Oct 2, 2018 alleged Milad Shaker, 49, of Greensburg, from 2014 to 2017 unlawfully distributed Vicodin, Percocet and Tramado in return for sexual favors provided to him either physically or by text messaging.

Shaker is also charged with health care fraud for causing fraudulent claims to be submitted to Highmark Health Plan and Aetna Health Plan for payments to cover the costs of the unlawfully prescribed controlled substances.

Dr. Mamdouh El-Attrache, 73, of Mt. Pleasant, was charged in September with writing illegal prescriptions from August 2011 through May 2017.

Dr. Nabil Jabbour, 67, of Hempfield, was indicted on Sept. 28 with unlawfully dispensing buprenorphine, also known as Suboxone or Subutex, a drug used to treat opioid addiction.

If Shaker is convicted of all charges he faces a maximum sentence  per count sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $1,000,000, or both, on 36 counts, up to 10 years in prison on the fraud counts, and a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of $250,000 for the remaining charges.

Amanda Klein can be contacted at amanda.klein@grantstreetnews.com

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