Friday, August 31, 2007

MD faked billings, got pills for drug ring

From the Toronto Star:
A Toronto family doctor admitted yesterday to pumping more than 130,000 prescription sedatives into the black market and defrauding Ontario's health care system of more than $750,000.

Dr. John Kitakufe, in his late 50s and slightly hunched, mumbled the word "guilty" in court yesterday, responding to his lawyer Jenny Stephenson's nod after Justice Peter Harris asked for his plea.

Kitakufe, a Canadian landed immigrant, who was convicted of similar offences in Illinois nearly 20 years ago, was charged with conspiracy to defraud the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, defrauding the ministry and conspiracy to traffic in the narcotic-based painkiller OxyContin. ...more

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