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West Virginia physician indicted on 20 drug, fraud charges

Federal prosecutors say Manuel C. Barit was indicted Thursday on charges including distribution of Schedule II controlled substances outside of the bounds of a legitimate medical practice. (MGN Online)

A physician in West Virginia has been indicted on 20 drug distribution and fraud charges.

WVVA-TV reported Manuel C. Barit was indicted Thursday on charges including distribution of Schedule II controlled substances outside of the bounds of a legitimate medical practice. The indictment also accuses Barit of knowingly executing a scheme from 2013 to 2018 to defraud Medicare and Medicaid. Barit was the only practicing physician at the Mullens Family Clinic.

A news release by U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart said yhat Barit's indictment is credited to the Opioid Fraud Abuse and Detection Unit. The unit was formed by the U.S. Department of Justice and uses data to identify and prosecute individuals contributing to the national opioid crisis.

Barit faces a possible $5 million fine if convicted.

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