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Police raid Stafford physician’s office, home as part of drug probe

PDF: View the search warrant and affidavit

A months-long investigation by police has uncovered evidence that one of the physician leaders at Stafford Hospital was so prolific in prescribing narcotics that she became known as a doctor “who will give you anything you want for $250,” according to a search warrant and affidavit on file in Stafford County Circuit Court.

Dr. Nibedita Mohanty wrote so many prescriptions for narcotic pain killers that her North Stafford medical practice was little more than a “pill mill,” according to the court documents.

Mohanty

Mohanty operates a private practice, Stafford Internal Medicine Associates, on Garrisonville Road. In addition, she is chief of medicine at Stafford Hospital.  Last week she asked for and received a three-month leave of absence from that post.

Her request followed a police raid earlier this month at her office and her river-front home in Stafford County. Representatives of the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI seized patient records, appointment records, insurance billing information, bank statements, computers and almost $40,000 in cash from the two locations.

Mohanty has not been charged as a result of that raid. On Thursday, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office declined to comment about the case.

Dr. Nibedita Mohanty’s office on Garrisonville Road.

Mohanty’s medical office remains open. She has no disciplinary history with the Virginia Board of Medicine, and she retains her privileges at Stafford and Mary Washington hospitals.

“We have not been contacted by any agencies,” said Debbie McInnis, spokeswoman for Mary Washington.

Mohanty could not be reached for comment Thursday. An unidentified man said in a phone message to The Free Lance-Star last week that she declined to comment.

“We are fully cooperating with the authorities,” he said.

(For more, see the story in Friday’s Free Lance-Star or on freelancestar.com.)

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