Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

March 26, 2014

Feds indict local doctor on fraud, drug charges

Bill Grimes
Effingham Daily News

EFFINGHAM — An Effingham physician has been indicted by a federal grand jury on health care fraud and drug charges.

The U.S. Attorney's office in Fairview Heights said in a news release that Dr. Naeem Mahmood Kohli, 59, was named in a 15-count indictment this week.

Kohli is accused of defrauding health care benefit programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois by billing those programs for services not provided. He could receive up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 for health care fraud.

Kohli is also accused of engaging in a scheme to illegally dispense controlled substances to addicts, also known as a pill mill. Federal prosecutors say Kohli faces nine counts of illegal distribution of controlled substances such as oxycodone, hydromorphone and methadone. Those charges carry penalties of up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

The doctor was also indicted on two counts of money laundering, for which he could receive 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

No hearings are yet set in the case. Kohli is being held under the authority of U.S. Marshals at an unknown facility.

Bill Grimes may be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 132, at bill.grimes@effinghamdailynews.com, or via Twitter @EDNBGrimes.