November 29, 2018

E. Hartford doc arrested for illegal prescription, medical pot card sales

HBJ File Photo
HBJ File Photo

An East Hartford doctor was charged Wednesday for allegedly selling illegal Oxycodone prescriptions and about 165 medical marijuana cards for cash, prosecutors say.

Dr. Skeikh I Ahmed, 55, of Orange, was arrested on a federal criminal complaint and charged with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, and aiding and abetting the possession of controlled substances outside of his medical practice for illicit medical purpose, the Connecticut U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Ahmed appeared in New Haven district court Wednesday after his arrest and was released on $200,000 bond. He faces up to 20 years of imprisonment for the alleged offenses. A court date has not yet been scheduled.

According to the criminal complaint, Ahmed operated a medical practice at 580 Burnside Ave., in East Hartford under the guise of a pediatrician's office. It does not appear the facility focuses on children, investigators said.

Between about Oct. 2017 and May 2018, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) investigated Ahmed with a cooperating individual and an undercover agent who wore recording devices when he met with Ahmed, seeking prescriptions for Oxycodone off the books.

During the undercover visits, Ahmed sought and received cash payment of about $500 for an Oxycodone prescription. He also failed to conduct adequate medical exams when prescribing and told the agent he would prescribe a dosage that would be least likely to catch the attention of regulators. Ahmed also discussed pharmacies that overlooked monitoring prescriptions.

The complaint also alleges Ahmed in March sold an Oxycodone prescription for $500 and a medical marijuana card for $250 to the cooperating individual. During the visit, Ahmed selected

"complex regional pain syndrome" to justify the marijuana certification, even though he did not ask the individual whether he suffered from the condition that would warrant the medical card.

In total, investigators said Ahmed certified about 165 patients for medical marijuana cards. The listed diagnosis for a majority of certifications was "post-traumatic stress disorder,"or PTSD, they said.

The DEA's New Haven tactical diversion squad, including officers from Bristol, Milford, New Haven, Wallingford and other police departments, is investigating Ahmed's alleged conduct.

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