May 11, 2013
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) - A Stafford County doctor faces 95 charges, including involuntary manslaughter in the death of a patient.
Media outlets report that 54-year-old Dr. Nibedita Mohanty was arrested Friday for allegedly prescribing tens of thousands of doses of narcotics to drug-addicted patients and drug traffickers. Along with the manslaughter count, she faces 72 counts of felony distribution of narcotics and 22 counts of obtaining money by false pretenses through insurance fraud.
According to state Board of Medicine documents, Mohanty allegedly prescribed thousands of doses of narcotics to a 41-year-old patient who died two years ago despite indications the patient was abusing pills or had become addicted.
Authorities began investigating Mohanty's practice in 2011. She and her attorney, Charles Roberts, denied any wrongdoing in a letter to The Free Lance-Star in March.