A San Leandro doctor has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from his decision to write illicit Vicodin prescriptions to undercover Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) agents posing as patients addicted to the painkiller.
Alameda County prosecutors say that Dr. Naim Katiby, 62, a San Ramon resident with offices in San Leandro, was approached by the agents multiple times between November 2008 and January 2009. According to a statement from the office of District Attorney Nancy O'Malley:
Over the course of several undercover visits Dr. Katiby agreed to and did bill the agent's fictitious auto policy for injuries that the doctor knew were not sustained in an auto accident. Dr. Katiby over billed for the treatment provided and, at one point, actually created a false medical record and billing for a visit that never occurred. The doctor also negligently prescribed Vicodin to both undercover agents, who clearly exhibited behavior consistent with that of addicted users of the drug. On one occasion, he prescribed the narcotic without ever talking to or examining one of the undercover "patients."