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June 9, 2020

Wallingford MD charged in opioid prescriptions-for-cash scheme

A Wallingford internal medicine physician is facing federal drug and conspiracy charges for allegedly writing prescriptions for opioid medications in exchange for cash.

Anatoly Braylovsky, MD, 49, of Wallingford, was charged on June 4 with possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, conspiracy, health-care fraud, and making false statements.

His alleged co-conspirator, Jennifer Bousquet, 36, also of Wallingford, was also charged with the possession and conspiracy counts. 

Both appeared recently before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert M. Spector in a proceeding held via videoconference because of the COVID pandemic. Braylovsky was ordered detained and Bousquet was released on a $150,000 bond.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, Braylovsky operates the Family Practice of Greater New Haven, LLC on North Main Street in Wallingford. 

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and Wallingford police began receiving complaints about Braylovsky’s prescribing practices about six years ago. In 2016, investigators from the DEA and state Department of Consumer Protection’s Drug Control Division notified the doctor that they were concerned about his practices and that some of his patients had criminal records, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Nevertheless, investigators allege that Braylovsky continued to prescribe a large quantity of opioid-based pills, as well as Alprazolam, an anti-anxiety medication, and Adderall, commonly used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, to a number of patients.

Investigators claim Braylovsky issued unnecessary prescriptions to several patients, including Bousquet, who allegedly then sold the pills for profit. Braylovsky is accused of selling prescriptions for “large amounts of cash,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. Some patients who had prescriptions filled allegedly gave some of the pills to Braylovsky.

From January 2016 through May 2020, Medicare and Medicaid paid more than $1.6 million for schedule II medications, including oxycodone, prescribed by Braylovsky, federal investigators indicated. Medicare and Medicaid also paid Braylovsky’s practice more than $590,000 for routine office visits during this time period.

An investigation revealed that for a period of at least three years, Braylovsky provided Bousquet with monthly prescriptions for 170 oxycodone 30-mg pills, 75 Adderall 20-mg pills and 30 alprazolam 2-mg pills.

Investigators say they used a confidential source who was Braylovsky’s patient to pay him cash for an oxycodone prescription. During the sting, the source visited the doctor’s office multiple times starting in October 2019. In each case, the source gave Braylovsky $1,600 cash and received a prescription for 150 oxycodone 30-mg pills. After each prescription was filled, DEA agents took the oxycodone pills into evidence, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.  

Braylovsky is being represented by attorney Bruce Koffsky of Koffsky & Felsen in Stamford, who could not be reached for comment.

A probable cause hearing is currently scheduled for June 18.

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