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Indian American Dentist Convicted for Illegally Dispensing Opioids Resulting in Patient’s Death

Dr. Jay M. Sadrinia, 61, Receives 20-Year Prison Sentence


Mugshot of Jay M Sardinia. | Courtesy of Department of Justice

CRESCENT SPRINGS, KY- An Indian American dentist, Dr. Jay M. Sadrinia, 61, residing in Villa Hills, was sentenced to 20 years in prison today for his illegal prescription of opioids, including morphine, resulting in the death of one of his patients.

Evidence presented during trial and documented in court files revealed that Dr. Sadrinia owned and managed dental clinics in Crescent Springs, Kentucky. Despite clear indications, such as notes within his patients’ charts indicating substance abuse disorders, Sadrinia continued to prescribe potent opioids for routine dental procedures. His unlawful prescription of morphine to a particular patient tragically led to her demise. Charging an exorbitant sum of $37,000 for dental services, Sadrinia also provided the patient with medically unnecessary amounts of narcotics, including morphine. Regrettably, the patient succumbed to a fatal overdose of morphine several days later.

In June 2023, a federal jury found Sadrinia guilty of unlawful distribution of controlled substances and unlawful distribution of controlled substances resulting in death.

The announcement was made by Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Nicole M. Argentieri, heading the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; U.S. Attorney Carlton S. Shier IV for the Eastern District of Kentucky; Special Agent in Charge Orville O. Greene of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Detroit Field Division; and Special Agent in Charge Michael Stansbury of the FBI Louisville Field Office.

The case was investigated by the DEA and FBI.

Prosecution of the case was led by Assistant Chief Katherine Payerle and Trial Attorney Thomas Campbell from the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section.

The Fraud Section spearheads the Criminal Division’s initiatives to combat healthcare fraud through the Health Care Fraud Strike Force Program. Since its inception in March 2007, this program, comprising nine strike forces across 27 federal districts, has indicted over 5,400 defendants who collectively billed federal health care programs and private insurers in excess of $27 billion. Additionally, in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services are taking measures to hold healthcare providers accountable for their participation in healthcare fraud schemes. Further details can be found at www.justice.gov/criminal-fraud/health-care-fraud-unit.PHOTO

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