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Feds: CT pediatrician illegally prescribed Oxycodone

ORANGE — A pediatrician who authorities say acting “outside the scope” of his medical practice when he prescribed two people Oxycodone will serve six months in federal prison, officials said.

A judge on Tuesday sentenced 57-year-old Sheikh Ahmed, of Orange, to six months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.

Court documents indicated that Ahmed, a pediatrician, ran the East Hartford Medical Center practice on Burnside Avenue. But the medical practice didn’t just focus on children, federal authorities said.

From December 2017 to May 2018, Ahmed prescribed controlled substances, including Oxycodone, to two people “outside the scope of professional medical practice,” according to a news release from the office of U.S. Attorney for Connecticut John Durham.

The two individuals paid Ahmed $500 for 30-day supplies of Oxycodone.

Federal authorities said Ahmed agreed to increase the patients’ dosages in the future, without any discussion about the medical justification for such an increase. Instead, authorities said, he counseled the patients about the need to gradually up dosages to avoid any potential scrutiny from the pharmacies.

“Ahmed also had the patients bypass normal financial intake procedures and took cash payments directly from the patients, the news release said. “Ahmed failed to perform sufficient examinations to assess the patients’ pain levels prior to issuing the prescriptions.”

Investigators also found that Ahmed failed to pay $117,893 in employee withholding taxes to the Internal Revenue Service from five of his businesses, including the East Hartford Medical Center, from 2013 to 2016.

He was arrested on Nov. 28, 2018. He pleaded guilty on Nov. 8, 2019, to prescribing outside the scope of medical practice and willful failure to pay withholding taxes.

Ahmed has paid full restitution to the IRS, federal authorities said.

He was released on a $200,000 bond and told to report to prison on Nov. 10.

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