BOSTON (AP) – A pain management doctor has apologized for falsely submitting claims for services he did not provide while prescribing opioids to patients at his four pain clinics in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Dr. Fathalla Mashali pleaded guilty Wednesday to 44 counts of health care fraud, conspiracy to commit mail fraud and money laundering.
Prosecutors said Mashali would often see more than 100 patients a day and would write prescriptions for oxycodone and other opioids without doing physical exams or medical tests to determine whether patients had a legitimate medical condition that required powerful painkillers.
In court, Mashali apologized, saying he had hurt his family and his patients.
Mashali’s lawyer said Mashali is “deeply troubled” and has mental health issues that contributed to his conduct.
He will be sentenced on June 21.