Attorney General Bonta Announces Sentencing of Southern California Doctor for Medi-Cal Fraud

OAKLAND – California Attorney General Rob Bonta today announced the sentencing of a Southern California doctor for an illegal prescription scheme that defrauded the state Medi-Cal program of over $20 million. El-Nachef, M.D., was sentenced to five years in jail after entering a plea of guilty for prescribing medically unnecessary HIV medications, anti-psychotics, and opioids to over a thousand Medi-Cal beneficiaries in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. As part of his sentence, El-Nachef also paid $2.3 million in restitution and surrendered his medical license. The prosecution in this case was carried out by the California Department of Justice’s Division of Medical Fraud and Elder Abuse (DMFEA). 

Read the entire press release.  State of California Department of Justice, August 18, 2023  

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