- Associated Press - Friday, May 13, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma State Medical Board has denied a request to reinstate the medical license for an Oklahoma City psychiatrist who pleaded guilty to health care fraud.

The board revoked Dr. Amar Bhandary’s license in 2013 after he was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison. Prosecutors said Bhandary prescribed opiates and benzodiazepines without legitimate medical purpose to eight people. Five of them died of drug toxicity.

Bhandary’s attorney, Daniel Gamino, told the medical board Thursday that his client had shown good moral character during his time as a psychiatrist. The Oklahoman reports (http://bit.ly/1TaEqW7 ) that Bhandary did not have any malpractice claims for most of his career and had served as an expert witness for the medical board.

The board met in executive session then voted to decline Bhandary’s reinstatement.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com

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