A chronic pain doctor in North Carolina treated was sentenced to 20 years in prison for tax evasion, money laundering and unlawful distribution of opioids.

Dr. Sanjay Kumar found himself close to financial ruin after Blue Cross terminated his contract due to billing irregularities, he started prescribing opioids with no additional staff.  Dr. Kumar went from writing 100 prescriptions for controlled substances in 2011 to prescribing more than 1.2 million oxycodone pills alone between 2013 and 2016.

Kumar deposited the cash in multiple bank accounts, always making sure the deposits were under the minimum amount to trigger reporting to the Department of the Treasury. He spent over $175,000 on four cars, $70,000 at Best Buy, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in purchases from Amazon.

At his arrest Kumar had $145,000 cash with him and another $450,000 was discovered in his home. Police also found 35 firearms and more than 40,000 rounds of ammunition.

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