Michael R. Brown allegedly committed Medicaid fraud
$60,000 found in his car at time of arrest last August
A Sandwich physician has been indicted on charges he allegedly illegally prescribed drugs to seven of his patients, defrauded the state's Medicaid program, and illegally possessed hydrocodone, a highly addictive controlled substance, Attorney General Tom Reilly announced today.
Michael R. Brown, 52, of Mashpee, a physician who formerly operated a private practice in Sandwich, was indicted by a Barnstable County grand jury on 16 counts of violating the Controlled Substances Act and 10 counts of violating the Medicaid False Claims Act. He was additionally indicted on two counts each of possession of a class C substance, hydrocodone, and violating the Medicaid False Claims Act and one count of larceny over $250. His arraignment has not yet been scheduled by the court.
Practiced in Sandwich for over 20 years
Dr. Brown, a board certified physician specializing in internal and emergency medicine, practiced medicine at his Sandwich office from 1984 until his suspension by the Board of Registration in Medicine August 2005.
The indictments allege that Brown prescribed OxyContin, Roxicodone and other Oxycodone-based medications in bad faith and for no legitimate medical purpose. OxyContin is a powerful and highly addictive narcotic used to treat moderate-to-severe chronic pain. It is a controlled substance in a category for drugs determined to have a high potential for abuse. OxyContin is highly sought after by drug abusers because of its substantial street market value of $1 per milligram and because it causes a euphoric high. OxyContin is a controlled-release formulation of oxycodone, intended for continuous pain relief.
Arrested last August by Barnstable Police
On August 22, 2005, Dr. Brown was arrested by Barnstable Police after a warrant issued for his arrest. At the time of his arrest, Brown was allegedly in possession of hydrocodone and charged. The charges followed an investigation using video surveillance of Dr. Brown allegedly involved in a drug transaction.
At the time of the motor vehicle stop and arrest on August 22, police found two hydrocodone pills on the floor of Dr. Brown's car. Police also found $29,900 in cash in a plastic bag on the rear seat of the vehicle, and $31,290 in a plastic bag in the trunk.
The investigation into the allegations against Dr. Brown were led by AG Reilly's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU), with assistance from the Barnstable Police Department, Cape Cod Task Force and the Cape and Islands District Attorney's Office.
Assistant Attorney General Steven L. Hoffman is prosecuting the case, which was investigated by MFCU Senior Investigator John Curley and Director of Investigations Steven McCarthy coordinated the investigation, with assistance from the Bureau of Special Investigations.