The Southern Illinois District U.S. Attorney’s Office announced the sentencing of former Effingham physician, Naeen Mahmood Kohli. 61-year-old Kohli will serve 24 months in Federal Prison followed by three years of supervised release and pay $11,200 in fines. Additionally, Kohli was ordered to forfeit his office building and $34,400 as a result of the charges.
Prior to the charges, Kohli owned and operated the Kohli Neurology and Sleep Center, located at 500 North Maple in Effingham. He was indicted by a Federal Grand Jury in March of 2014 and went to trial in January of 2015. Kohli was was found guilty on seven counts of illegally dispensing Schedule II Controlled Substances to patients who suffered from addiction.
United Sates Attorney for the Southern Illinois District, Stephen R. Wigginton stated, “The evidence heard by the jury and judge in this case established that Dr. Kohli abandoned his role as a medical professional for a price. In a community, and a nation, where medical doctors are held up as the trusted gatekeepers, Kohli, for a price, sold the keys to the pharmacy to patients with drug addictions. My office will continue to seek out those willing to peddle their professional integrity for financial gain. The abuse of prescription drugs is at an epidemic level in our communities and those responsible for putting these drugs on the street will be found and prosecuted.”
The prosecution of Kohli originated from a law enforcement investigation called “Operation Doctor Feelgood.” The law enforcement investigation focues on “pill mills” where physicians illegally distribute prescription drugs for a price.