Rochester Hills doctor charged with prescribing unneeded drugs, falsifying patient charts

If convicted, she faces up to 20 years in prison
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(WWJ) A Rochester Hills doctor has been arrested for allegedly prescribing unnecessary drugs and other questionable practices.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office has charged family medicine doctor, Madhu Subnani, 69, with conducting a criminal enterprise, delivery of controlled substances and placing “misleading or inaccurate information into a patient chart.”

Her arrest comes nearly a year after Michigan State Police (MSP) received a tip in November 2019 that Subnani was prescribing “controlled substances” to her patients that they did not need.

Between December and June; MSP sent investigators as undercover patients for a series of videotaped appointments at her practice, Complete Family Fitness, in Imlay City. The tapes showed Subnani violating the Controlled Substances Act at least a dozen times by writing prescriptions that had no apparent medical benefit. Furthermore, the videos captured her writing fake diagnoses on patient charts to legitimize the usage of the drugs; according to Nessel's office.

Subnani resides in Rochester Hills, but practices in Imlay City, about 50 miles north of her home.

She was arraigned in Lapeer County on three counts of delivery of controlled substances, a four-year felony; two counts of placing misleading or inaccurate information into a patient chart, a four-year felony; and one count of conducting a criminal enterprise, a 20-year felony.

“I am grateful for the work Michigan State Police investigators put into this case, and for their continued partnership in enforcing our state’s laws,” Nessel said in a press release. “We must ensure that Michigan’s rules are being followed, particularly when violations may negatively impact the health and welfare of our residents and communities.”

Subnani is due back in court on October 23. If convicted, she faces up to 20 years behind bars.

Her profile on WebMD says she graduated from Univ Tecnologica De Santiago Escuela De Medicina Campus, in the Dominican Republic, in 1987. Across 30 reviews on Web MD; she garnered an average of 3.5 stars from her patients. However, her two most recent reviews were not flattering. One reviewer wrote in July of 2020 of her apparent unwillingness to refill prescriptions over the phone: “You have to go every month so she can charge your insurance…she has also given me the wrong medications at least 4 times.”