News Release
Contact: Amy Roderick
Number: 858-616-4166

Physician Arrested for Prescribing Practices
Dr. Kady's Controlled Substance Privilege Suspended

APR 15-- (San Diego) San Diego Drug Enforcement Special Agent in Charge Ralph W. Partridge and State Attorney General Edmund G. Brown announced the arrest of Dr. Tarek Kady for prescribing pain medication to individuals who had no medical need for it.

The Drug Enforcement Administration also announces the Immediate Suspension of the Federal Controlled Substance Registration of M. Tarek Kady, MD, a physician in the San Diego, CA area. All medical practitioners must be registered with the DEA in order to prescribe, administer and/or dispense controlled substances. The DEA’s investigation has determined that the continued registration of Dr. Kady constitutes and imminent danger to public health and safety. Dr. Kady received written notice of the factual and legal basis for this action. In addition, he was given an opportunity for an administration hearing within the next 60 days.

“The Drug Enforcement Administration is committed to keeping the San Diego community safe from doctors who enable the abuse of prescription drugs”, says Special Agent in Charge Ralph W. Partridge. “The suspension of Doctor Kady’s controlled substance privilege is an important step toward ensuring accountability of those who supply controlled substances illegally”.

The individuals arrested today include Dr. Mohammed Tarek Kady, 55 of Chula Vista, CA. Two others, Mario Ramirez Zarco, 31, and Ana Audelo, 23, were also arrested for Conspiracy to Commit Medi-Cal and insurance fraud.

In addition, Kady was also charged with:

  • One count of violating California Welfare and Institutions Code section 14107(b)(4)(A) for Medi-Cal fraud
  • Five counts of violating California Penal Code section 487(a) for grand theft
  • Three counts of violating California Penal Code section 550(a)(6) for insurance fraud
  • Seven counts of violating California Health and Safety Code section 11153(a) for illegal prescribing
  • One count of violating California Labor Code 3700.5(a) for failing to obtain worker’s compensation for employees
  • Special Allegations of theft, including theft in excess of $100,000.

The arrests are the result of a cooperative effort between the San Diego Drug Enforcement Administration’s Tactical Diversion Squad and Diversion Control Group, and the State of California Attorney General, the San Diego District Attorney’s Insurance Fraud Task Force, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), San Diego Health Care Fraud Squad and San Diego Organized Crime Squad, the California Department of Industrial Relations.

In addition to overcharging for services and charging for services never performed, Kady prescribed pain medication to individuals without any justifiable medical purpose, enabling patients apparently “doctor shopping” for drugs. Kady wrote prescriptions for opiates, including the narcotic, Vicodin, and codeine cough syrups to drug addicts abusing the drugs and illegally selling them. On seven DEA sting operations, most recently last month, Kady prescribed narcotics without medical justification.

According to the Medical Board of California, Dr. Mohammed Tarek Kady was licensed as a physician in December 1997. He is a family practitioner with board certification in Pediatrics, and maintained two clinics, one in Chula Vista and one in San Diego.