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Nibedita Mohanty, Stafford County doctor facing 95 charges, gets $250,000 bond
By KEITH EPPS / THE FREE LANCE-STAR
Nibedita Mohanty, who had been practicing medicine in Stafford for 20 years before having her license suspended last month, is charged with 95 offenses, including involuntary manslaughter.
All of the charges stem from accusations that Mohanty abused her prescriptions rights, knowingly supplying pain medication to drug abusers and dealers.
Mohanty has denied the allegations.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Eric Olsen argued against bond for Mohanty, calling her “an extreme flight risk.”
He noted that her house on Marlborough Point is valued at more than $1 million and is in the process of being sold. He said she had her passport and $4,000 cash on her when she was arrested May 10 after dropping her children off at school.
“She appears to be wrapping things up,” Olsen said.
Defense attorney Peter Greenspun disputed Olsen’s claims and said that people who pose far more risk than Mohanty are routinely given bonds.
In addition to setting the $250,000 bond, Markow ordered electronic monitoring and pre-trial supervision for Mohanty, who is also barred from leaving the state.
In addition to her criminal charges, Mohanty is also facing the permanent loss of her medical license.
A state Board of Medicine hearing scheduled for this month has been postponed indefinitely.
When that formal hearing is held, the board has several options, including continuing her suspension, reinstating her license or revoking it permanently.
A lengthy document being considered by the board accuses her of improperly prescribing medicine to about a dozen patients, including one who died.
The document accuses Mohanty of prescribing too many pills and of prescribing to patients she knew or should have known were abusers and dealers.
Mohanty will be arraigned in Stafford Circuit Court on her criminal offenses on June 24.