March 18, 2019
Contact: SA Timothy Desmond
Phone Number: (617) 557-2100
Fairfield County doctor sentenced to 87 months for health care fraud and money laundering offenses
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Brian D. Boyle, special agent in charge of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration’s New England Division, and John H. Durham, U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that Dr. Ramil Mansourov, 49, of Darien, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven to 87 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for health care fraud and money laundering offenses.
According to court documents and statements made in court, Mansourov is a physician who operated out of Family Health Urgent Care, located at 235 Main Street in Norwalk. The medical practice was formerly known as Immediate Health Care, which was owned by Dr. Bharat Patel. In approximately 2012, Mansourov purchased the practice from Patel and renamed it Family Urgent Health Care, and Patel continued to work at the practice.
Between 2014 and November 2016, Mansourov billed Medicaid nearly $5 million for home, office and nursing home visits that never occurred. The investigation revealed that Mansourov used the stolen funds for both personal and business purposes, and that he transferred some of the stolen funds to a bank account in Switzerland. Judge Arterton ordered Mansourov to pay $4,994,027 in restitution, forfeit $50,000 and surrender his federal controlled substances registration to the DEA. Mansourov has been detained since July 13, 2017, when he was apprehended after fleeing to Canada. On Sep. 17, 2018, he pleaded guilty to one count health care fraud and one count of money laundering.
On June 25, 2018, Patel pleaded guilty to narcotics distribution and health care fraud offenses. Patel admitted that he wrote hundreds of medically unnecessary prescriptions for oxycodone and hydrocodone and received $158,523.95 from federal health programs as a result of this and related criminal conduct. On Oct. 12, 2018, he was sentenced to 54 months of imprisonment.
This investigation was conducted by the DEA’s New Haven Tactical Diversion Squad and the Norwalk Police Department, with the critical assistance of the Connecticut Office of the Attorney General. The DEA Tactical Diversion Squad includes officers from the Bristol, Hamden, Milford, Monroe, New Haven, Shelton, Wallingford and Wilton Police Departments.