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A Wallingford doctor was arrested Thursday after the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided his office, according a 78-page affidavit filed by a special agent for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Federal officials arrested Dr. Anatoly Braylovsky, 49, and charged him with health care fraud, making false statements relating to health care matters and two charges related to distribution of controlled substances. His arrest culminates an investigation that first began after the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and the Wallingford Police Department started receiving complaints about Braylovsky’s prescribing practices in 2014.
Investigators claim in the affidavit that Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries who were patients of Braylovsky were part of a scheme in which the two federal programs paid out fraudulent claims of nearly $1.6 million based on the doctor’s prescriptions and more than $590,000 for office visits. Those claims were paid out over a four-year-period that started in January 2016 and ended in April and May of this year.
One of Braylovsky’s patients, Wallingford resident Jennifer Bousquet, 36, also was arrested and chargecd with possession with intent to distribute controlled substances and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, according to the affidavit.
Investigators seized computers and data storage devices from Braylovsky’s office, and seized his cellphone. Bousquet’s cell phone also was seized by investigators.
Braylovsky’s office, Family Practice of Greater New Haven, was raided by agents from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Drug Enforcement Administration in addition to the FBI, according to the affidavit. Braylovsky is the only doctor in the practice, which is located at 850 N. Main St.
Braylovsky had been prescribing Bousquet monthly supplies of 170 oxycodone tablets since January 2016, according to the affidavit. In addition, the doctor had been prescribing her 75 Adderall tablets a month and 30 alprazolam tablets monthly, it said.
In addition to the federal agencies investigating Braylovsky, the Wallingford Police Department also has been looking into complaints about the doctor’s prescribing practices.
A number of law enforcement sources told investigators that Braylovsky provided “prescriptions for high quantities of oxycodone. alprazolam and Adderall to many of his patients, far beyond any medical need,” according to the affidavit.
The law enforcement sources also told investigators that the patients to whom Braylovsky was provding the drugs often would provide the doctor with some of their pills in return for his having written the prescription. According to the affidavit, some of the patients also would provide Braylovsky with money that they had received from selling some of the pills in their prescription.
Investigators obtained a search and seizure warrant for the iCloud account of Bousquet and found messages from her to drug customers detailing transactions for oxycodone. alprazolam, Adderall and Suboxone.
Investigators found that many of the patients for whom Braylovsky was writing prescriptions were either Medicare or Medicaid beneficiaries, meaning the two federal programs were paying for the drugs the patients were receiving.
Also, the majority of Braylovsky’s patients who were being prescribed the large volumes of oxycodone. alprazolam and Adderall had similar diagnoses to to the one given to Bousquet, which raised a red flag with investigators. Braylovsky had diagnosed Bousquet as having lower back pain, radiculopathy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to Medicaid claims data investigators uncovered.
Braylovsky and Bousquet appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert M. Spector via videoconference. Braylovsky was ordered detained is being held in the New Haven Correctional Center, according to the Connecticut Department of Correction’s website. Bousquet was released on a $150,000 bond.