News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 26, 2010
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
Number: (314)538-4660

Doctor Sentenced in Health Care Fraud Case

MAR 26 - (BENTON, IL) - The United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Illinois announced that on March 25, 2010, Dr. SUKHDARSHAN S . BEDI, 56, of Energy, Illinois, was sentenced in the United States District Court in Benton, Illinois, on two counts of obstruction of justice; tampering with a witness; and illegal dispensation of controlled substances (Methadone). The Court imposed 16 months’ imprisonment to be served as 8 months in the Bureau of Prisons and 8 months on home confinement followed by 3 years of supervised release. The Court also ordered payment of a special assessment in the amount of $400. BEDI had previously pled guilty on November 4, 2009.

Dr. BEDI surrendered his medical license and withdrew his application for reinstatement of his DEA Registration.

ILLINOIS HEALTHCARE CLINIC, P.C. d/b/a MARION FAMILY HEALTH CARE; M-CFHC, INC. d/b/a HARRISBURG FAMILY HEALTHCARE; and GALATIA MEDICAL CENTER CORP., corporations owned by BEDI that had also entered pleas of guilty on November 4, 2009, were each sentenced for conspiracy to illegally dispense a controlled substance and health care fraud. The Court imposed a period of probation for one year and a special assessment of $400 as to each of the corporations.

In addition to the other conditions of the sentences imposed, total restitution of $49,014.82 was ordered paid to the Medicaid Program administered by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General; the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Illinois State Police; the Southern Illinois Enforcement Group; and the Williamson County Sheriff's Office. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Michael Quinley and Liam Coonan.