Brookline Doctor Charged In Huge Medicaid Fraud Case

MALDEN (CBS) – A local doctor charged with Medicaid fraud was ordered held on $150,000 bail Wednesday.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

Dr. Punyamurtula Kishore, 61, was arrested Tuesday night at his home in Brookline.  He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Wednesday in Malden District Court.

Kishore specializes in drug addiction care.  He has been charged with running a kickback scheme involving approximately $500,000 in taxpayer funds, according to prosecutors.

WBZ-TV’s Paul Burton reports

Prosecutor Nancy Maroney said Kishore was paying kickbacks to sober houses so he could get contracts with them for drug testing.

She added that the fraud charges are just the “tip of the iceberg” and a “bunch of indictments” are expected in the “large scale criminal kickbacks scheme.”

“Medicaid Fraud cases involve the theft of taxpayer dollars and undermine the integrity of our health care system,” Attorney General Martha Coakley said in a statement.

“In this case, we allege that Dr. Kishore orchestrated a complex kickback scheme to funnel drug screen business to his  laboratories and then bill MassHealth for those services. Our investigation continues into his practices.”

Kishore has allegedly received more than $20 million in payments from MassHealth for his services over the years.

In court Wednesday, Kishore’s attorney Mark Berthiaume said his client has done nothing wrong.

“(He) has dedicated his life to treating folks with addiction problems. He had 20 facilities that began over 30 years ago here in Massachusetts,” Berthiaume said.

Maroney had requested $1 million bail, claiming the doctor was a flight risk.

Berthiaume said Kishore has been in the United States for 30 years, has a green card, is married to an American citizen, and hasn’t been to his native India since 1986.

  • web

    $2.5 million would add nicely to the state’s budget! let’s keep getting the criminals who cheat the system for their own greed!

  • Ed dracut

    If proven guilty take everything this guy owns and throw him in jail. Sell it all so we can get some of the money this POS stole from us.

  • Lizzy

    This is the same doctor who laid off his last week and owes them all several weeks in back pay. I wonder where this “drug specialist” put all his money?

  • Lizzy

    ***laid off his employees***

  • Josephine

    2yrs ago, same medical group wanted me to come daily to get a ‘shot’ before they would treat me. the asthma meds they wanted me to take, contain ingredients im allergic to. when i pointed that out to the dr, i was told to shut up, and that they ‘wanted to see for themselves’ what reaction i had to the meds. Sorry, but im not game for having my throat swell shut, and be unable to breathe, just to prove something for Them! So glad i was able to get away from them!!

  • Salvatore

    i personally worked for him for 3 or so yrs, he means well and is a very hard worker .\He dedicated over 15 hours a day helping addicted people as a primary care doctor where all the other doctors wont put there licenses on the line to fill the VOID in the lack of care n days insurances give people to actually get the help they need for these addictted n suffering people, He might of not paid his employees on time or wat may be. This is a total shock to me having worked side by side with him! It also leave no dsaftey net or other place that will follow up treatment with post detox medicines or detox medicines to these people who arent able to go back to a detox or some clinic, due to thier failure or amount of times they have been thjere..but if these alligations r true he should have to pay for his mistakes like the rest of us citizens. Hope everything goes well for you…

    • Doron Levin

      The False Claims Act provides a legal tool to counteract fraudulent billings turned in to the Federal Government. Claims under the law have been filed by people with insider knowledge of false claims which have typically involved health care, military, or other government spending programs.

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  • Cis

    ru kidding me ? been here 30yrs on a green card (live here permanently without citizenship). scary thought that drs can be licensed by states without requiring citizenship. likewise that any insurance co would include them as a provider. all knowing dr is flight risk in event of malpractice or fraud accusations. just another reason healthcare costs rise.

  • yikes

    further proof of how easy it is for illegals to come here ILLEGALLY and infiltrate our society, without following our laws

  • no name

    6 weeks pay he owes me

    • Concerned

      bull $hit!

  • madexemployee

    How about giving some of that money to the employee’s that are out of a job now. The one’s that went without paychecks for weeks and sometimes month’s. Other employee’s that quit, cause they couldn’t take the stress of not being able to put food on the table for their kids or even pay their bills. Now their are thousands of patients that are going without their medications because of this man. Does anyone have any thought for them. I worked for him for almost 3 years and the only thing that I learned is that Dr. Kishore only cared about the money. He put a front on when it came to employee’s and patients. He had no respect for any of his employees. He expected them to work for free, how can that be possibe?? We have family’s to support too, But I bet Kishore made sure he had his money. Many of his office’s worked with no supplies. How’s that possible” it is” cause we did it. No vaccines, no gloves, no disinfectansts to clean the offices. It was crazy!!! In a way I’m glad I quit, but now I’m out of a job.But I’ll be damed to work for this man again. He deserves to pay for his wrong doing’s and then some!!!!

  • Brenda

    He got what he deserves!!!!!!!!

  • Concerned

    he treated thousands of drug addicst FOR FREE! Did the news ever mention any of that? He is far from a greedy man. Please stop making false accusations if you do not know this man.

  • Honestly

    If he did do this I agree he should get prosecuted but he hired so many EX ADDICTS to work at his clinics because he was giving the lowest of society another chance at life. He treated many individuals for free and the news refuses to mention that. He is an EXTREMELY hard working man who did his best to treat individuals suffering from addiction. Don’t just go by what the news says, all of you know they ALWAYS make everyone out to be the WORST.

  • Aneika Gbomene

    Is there a American College of Addiction Medicine and a National Library of Addictions.

    Punyamurtula Kishore MD aka MAD Dog Millionaire is a fraud , The American College of Addiction Medicine and the National Library of Addiction has never existed except on paper. Punyamurtula Kishore has been indicted by 3 Grand Juries for Medical Insurance Fraud , bribery and giving out and receiving kickbacks.


    Exploiting his emoloyees and patients. Billing insurance companies without examining or seeing the patients. 30 years of CORRUPTION , LIES, CHEATING AND STEALING is Punyamurtula Kishore MD aka Mad Dog Millionaire’s trademark .

    He was involved in Corruption when he was the Medical Director at the Massachusetts Dept. of Correction , Martha Eliot Health Ctr , Roxbury Comprehensive Health Ctr. and his possess Medical Practice , Preventive Medicine Associates.formerly Addiction Medicine Associates.

    He used two entities he created on paper that never existed called the National library of Addictions and the American College of Addiction Medicine to advocate his emergence in the field of addiction medicine. This unscrupulous MD used and exploited his patients and employees for financial wealth. The only thing that MAD DOG MILLIONAIRE aka Punyamurtula Kishore cared about was making money at the expense of someone elses misery.

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