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Medical Doctor Arrested on Federal ‘Structuring’ Charges for Making Cash Deposits to Avoid Federal Reporting Requirements

MAY 26 (LOS ANGELES) – A Los Angeles-area doctor was arrested this morning after being indicted on federal “structuring” charges that allege he made hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash deposits designed to circumvent federal reporting requirements.  Dr. Washington Bryan II, 47, was arrested this morning at his residence in Westwood.  Bryan is expected to be arraigned this afternoon at the United States Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles.

The 29-count indictment charges Bryan with structuring more than $400,000 in cash deposits between October 2011 and January 2013.  Bryan allegedly made deposits of less than $10,000 each into four separate accounts for the purpose of preventing banks from reporting the deposits to the federal government, which is required for every cash transaction of more than $10,000.
           
In conjunction with Bryan’s arrest, investigators executed federal search warrants at Bryan’s residence and his Brentwood medical office.  The affidavit in support of the search warrants discusses a total of $3.8 million in structured cash deposits allegedly made by Bryan as far back as December 2007.  The affidavit also discusses evidence that Bryan structured the cash for the purpose of concealing income he receive from thousands of fraudulent prescriptions that he issued for narcotic painkillers and HIV medications.
 
According to data maintained by the state of California, Bryan issued nearly 10,000 controlled drug prescriptions over a three-year period that ended in March.  According to the affidavit, 86 percent of those prescriptions were for the same two narcotic drugs, namely, oxycodone (commonly known by the brand name OxyContin) and oxymorphone (also known by the brand name Opana).  Since 2006, Medicare has paid more money to pharmacies to cover Bryan’s narcotic drug prescriptions – $7.8 million – than for any other prescribing doctor in California, and he outpaced the next-highest prescriber by more than $1.6 million.
           
If convicted of the 29 counts in the indictment, Bryan would face a statutory maximum sentence of 145 years in federal prison.

The investigation into Bryan was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, IRS Criminal Investigation, the Department of Health and Human Services – Office of Inspector General, the Department of Defense – Defense Criminal Investigative Service, the California Department of Justice and the Los Angeles Police Department.

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