- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 2, 2015

PALMER, Mass. (AP) - A western Massachusetts doctor has been indicted on dozens of charges including unlawfully prescribing oxycodone and other drugs and making false Medicaid claims.

Dr. Fernando Jayma was indicted Monday by state Attorney General Maura Healey on charges including illegally prescribing controlled substances, false Medicaid claims and larceny.

The 73-year-old Ludlow was also arraigned Tuesday on separate but related charges brought by Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni.

Jayma denied the charges and was released pending a Jan. 25 pretrial hearing.

Authorities say Jayma was prescribing medications to patients who had tested positive for heroin and other non-prescription drugs. They say he also had other doctors see his patients, then billed MassHealth as if he had treated them.

Jayma has forfeited his medical license. WGGB-TV reports no one answered at his home.

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