For Immediate Release - December 21, 2012

New Bedford Doctor Indicted on Charges of Prescribing Oxycodone Illegally to Patients

AG’s Office Alleges Defendant Prescribed Drugs to 15 Patients Without Any Medical Purpose

FALL RIVER – A New Bedford physician has been indicted on charges he allegedly illegally prescribed drugs to 15 of his patients and defrauded the state’s Medicaid program, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today.

Dr. Michael A. Taylor, 61, a physician who formerly practiced at an office in New Bedford, was indicted Thursday by a grand jury in Bristol Superior Court on 16 counts of Illegal Prescribing of a Controlled Substance, 12 counts of violating the Medicaid False Claims Act and three counts of Larceny over $250. His arraignment has not yet been scheduled by the court.

“We believe this defendant abused his power and influence as a licensed doctor to illegally prescribe a powerful narcotic to patients when it was not medically necessary,” AG Coakley said. “These drugs are intended to help people, not to be abused or prescribed falsely.”

The indictments allege that Taylor prescribed oxycodone, a powerful drug determined to have a high potential for abuse, Percocet and other oxycodone-based drugs for no legitimate medical purpose, and outside the usual course of his professional practice. Taylor allegedly caused pharmacies to falsely bill MassHealth for these narcotics by representing that they were appropriate and medically necessary.

The indictments also allege that Taylor fraudulently billed more than $9,800 to MassHealth for office visits when patients picked up drug prescriptions without seeing him, and for office visits in New Bedford when he was out of state.

Taylor was licensed by the Board of Registration in Medicine in 1982 and practiced general internal medicine. He is currently under a voluntary agreement not to practice medicine.

Assistant Attorney General Steven L. Hoffman is prosecuting the case, which was investigated by Medicaid Fraud Division Investigators Lisa Bailey and Brian Robinson, with assistance from Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Bristol District Attorney’s Office, DEA New England Field Division-Boston, and United States Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General-Providence.

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