Effingham Doctor Taken into Custody, Indicted by a Federal Grand Jury for Health Care Fraud and Drug Charges

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Published on March 27 2014 1:20 am
Written by Wayne Moran

An Effingham doctor, the operator of Kohli Neurology and Sleep Center, was taken into custody Wednesday and faces federal indictments.

In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, the U.S. Attorney's office in Fairview Heights arrested 59-year old Dr. Naeem Mahmood Kohli on a 15-count indictment.

Central to the investigation and indictment is the accusation that Kohli has been operating what officials termed a "Pill Mill", where prescription medication is illegally dispensed to those addicted, including Oxycodone, Hydromorphone, and Methadone, among others. The indictment indicates ten counts of illegal distribution of a controlled substance, charges that could land Kohli in prison for up to 20 years with a fine of one million dollars.

Also in the indictment are 3 counts that Kohli defrauded health care benefit programs, charges that carry with it a sentence of up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. It's alleged that he billed Medicare and Medicaid programs as well as Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Illinois for services which were not performed on patients. 

The remaining 2 counts on the indictment charge Kohli with money laundering, which have a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

In May of 2013, federal officials executed a search warrant on Kohli's office as part of their ongoing investigation.

Kohli remains custody and hearing dates have not been announced.