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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of North Carolina

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

New Bern Physician Charged with Unlawful Distribution of Narcotics, Money Laundering, and Possession of Firearms

GREENVILLE – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina announces that the federal grand jury in Greenville returned a thirty-one count indictment charging physician SANJAY KUMAR, age 50, of New Bern, with Conspiracy to Unlawfully Dispense and Distribute Oxycodone, Oxymorphone, Hydromorphone, and Alprazolam; Distribution of Oxycodone and Alprazolam; Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime; Engaging in Monetary Transactions in Property Derived from Specified Unlawful Activity; and Laundering of Monetary Instruments.

If convicted, the maximum penalties for each charged drug count are twenty years’ imprisonment; a $1 million fine; and a term of supervised release of not less than three years following any term of imprisonment.

The maximum penalties for Possessing a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime are no less than five years, up to life imprisonment, consecutive to any other sentence; a $250,000 fine; and up to three years supervised release following any term of imprisonment. A second or subsequent conviction for a firearms charge of this type carries a mandatory minimum term of twenty-five years imprisonment, consecutive to any other sentence.

The maximum penalties for each count of Engaging in Monetary Transactions in Property Derived from Specified Unlawful Activity are ten years’ imprisonment; a $250,000 fine; and up to three years supervised release following any term of imprisonment.

The maximum penalties for each count of Money Laundering are twenty years’ imprisonment; a $500,000 fine or twice the value of the property involved; and up to three years supervised release following any term of imprisonment.

The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

The case is being investigated by the New Bern Police Department (NBPD), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Criminal Investigations, the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI), and the Craven County Sheriff’s Office.

Updated January 17, 2017