BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A physician in West Virginia has been indicted on 20 drug distribution and fraud charges.


BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A physician in West Virginia has been indicted on 20 drug distribution and fraud charges.
WVVA-TV reports Manuel C. Barit was indicted Thursday on charges including distribution of Schedule II controlled substances outside of the bounds of a legitimate medical practice. The indictment also accuses Barit of knowingly executing a scheme from 2013 to 2018 to defraud Medicare and Medicaid. Barit was the only practicing physician at the Mullens Family Clinic.
A release by U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart says that Barit's indictment is credited to the Opioid Fraud Abuse and Detection Unit. The unit was formed by the U.S. Department of Justice and uses data to identify and prosecute individuals contributing to the national opioid crisis.
Barit faces a possible $5 million fine if convicted.