Due to the large number of victims identified in this case, and in an effort to assist victims more efficiently, this webpage has been developed to advise of information relating to the above case. This does not replace written notification to those identified as victims, it simply provides an additional resource from which to obtain information.
All proceedings involving this case will take place before the Honorable Stephen J. Murphy, Theodore Levin United States District Courthouse, 231 W. Lafayette, Detroit, MI 48226. Due to renovations currently taking place within the courthouse, courtrooms frequently change. Please check with courthouse directories upon arrival for specific courtroom location.
On December 4, 2018, a federal grand jury returned an indictment against Dr. Rajendra Bothra, Dr. Eric Backos, Dr. Ganiu Edu, Dr. David Lewis, Dr. Christopher Russo and Dr. Ronald Kufner. The indictment relates to the defendants’ operation of The Pain Center USA, PLLC d/b/a “The Pain Center” and Interventional Pain Center, PLLC d/b/a “Interventional Pain Center.” Each defendant is charged with health care fraud conspiracy, aiding and abetting health care fraud, conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and unlawful distribution of controlled substances.
As part of the bond conditions for the defendants released pending trial, the Court ordered that each doctor is prohibited from prescribing controlled substances or billing federal health care programs. This may have an effect on their ability to continue medical care for current patients of the practice. Consequently, the United States Attorney’s Office recommends that any current patient contact their primary care physician for any further medical care that may be needed.
The United States Attorney’s Office does not take any position on civil litigation involving patients or former patients of the Pain Center USA or Interventional Pain Center. We are unable to provide any legal advice or recommend counsel regarding civil lawsuits.
If you wish to present any information to our office regarding this case, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the FBI at 313-965-2323.
For a copy of the Indictment, please click HERE