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An Indian-American doctor, who owned weight loss clinics in the US, has been sentenced to two years in prison for illegally dispensing millions of pills containing amphetamine-based controlled substances to patients.

The court in Indiana also sentenced his wife for federal income tax evasion relating to their operation of the clinics.

Dr Rakesh Anand, 57, and his wife Meena Anand, 53, both of whom owned and managed Doctors Weight Loss Clinics in Indiana and Illinois, were also ordered yesterday to pay USD 745,872 in restitution to the IRS from nearly USD 5.2 million that was seized from them and ordered forfeited.

Both of them had pleaded guilty in January.

Judge Van Bokkelen fined Rakesh USD 750,000 and ordered him to begin serving his two-year sentence on August 30.

Meena was fined USD 100,000 and ordered to begin serving her 30-day sentence on September 3.

In his guilty plea, Rakesh admitted that between January 2002 and February 2010, he and another physician, Dr. Dinesh Saraiya, purchased and dispensed more than one million pills containing Phendimetrazine, a Schedule III controlled substance, and more than three million pills containing Phentermine, a Schedule IV controlled substance.

The Anands grossed more than USD 5 million from their operation of the three weight loss clinics...

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Updated at: Saturday, July 20, 2013


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