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San Ramon Doctor Caught In Sting Operation

Dr. Naim Katiby pleads guilty to insurance fraud after "negligently" prescribing Vicodin and gets 5 years probation in a federal-state-local sting.

A 62-year-old doctor who lives in San Ramon and practices in San Leandro has pled guilty to filing a false insurance claim after he was caught "negligently" prescribing Vicodin in a sting operation conducted by agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

As a result of the plea, Dr. Naim Katiby who worked out of the AAFTAB Medical Center at 15921 East 14th St., San Leandro, will get five years probation, according to the Alameda County District Attorney's office, which prosecuted the case.

The California Department of Insurance was also involved in the case.

According to the district attorney's office, from November 2008 through January 2009 undercover DEA agents, posing as victims of an auto accident, sought treatment from Dr. Katiby.  Over the course of several undercover visits Dr. Katiby agreed to bill the agent’s fictitious auto policy for injuries that the doctor knew were not sustained in an auto accident, according to the DA.

The DA says Dr. Katiby over billed for the treatment provided and created a false medical record, billing for one visit that never occurred. The release says the doctor "negligently" prescribed Vicodin to both undercover agents, who behaved like addicted users. Katiby once prescribed the narcotic without talking to or examining one of the undercover "patients," the release said.

As a result of his felony plea, Dr. Katiby will get five years of probation, which makes him subject to a search at any time of his person, auto, home or work place. He will also get a fine determined by the judge presiding over the case, the DA's office said.

The California Attorney General’s Office has been monitoring the case on behalf of the Medical Board of California, and has the authority to seek sanction against Dr. Katiby’s license to practice medicine.

Deputy District Attorney Matt Wendt prosecuted the case.

April Rovero February 18, 2012 at 05:08 PM
From an outsiders perspective, it's very hard to understand why this doctor received only probation for his actions. Hopefully, he'll at least lose his medical license. We don't need doctors like him practicing. He's an embarrassment to his profession and his patients deserve better.
tasha February 18, 2012 at 10:10 PM
I was a patient of his and always wondered about my care..he just kept giving me meds, so i had to seek a Dr. somewhere else..i then went too another doc and found out he was also on probation.Why is it when these doctors have our lives in their hands they only get probation...its not right
John Foley February 19, 2012 at 05:09 AM
Who is surprised? Right now the "great Stanford Hospital" is allowing the dregs of med schools to play resident under their name! The game is push through minority people and get gov $ for your trouble. They are spoonfed exams over LONG periods of time---patients---BEWARE!!
Mak Attack February 19, 2012 at 07:27 PM
He probably pleaded guilty to a lesser charge to get probation instead of a real sentence. My concern is that the whole story seems as if it were an entrapment scheme. Instead of fighting real crime, a task that is both difficult and dangerous, they manufacture cases via entrapment schemes and successfully prosecute them.
William Magzy May 25, 2012 at 09:50 PM
I agree With Mak Attack, this is a scheme by goverment to show that they are doing something and go after lonely physicians who is helping majority of poor people and who that can not be accepted anywhere else.What a great victory for them?while they ignore big fishes who defraud government by millions of dollars like hospitals, insurance companies and big groups.You may have gone to emergency room for a headache and have recieved a bill for 3 thousand dollars,that is fraud,or Cardiologists who are attached to hospitals and defraud medicare and patients by charging 100,000 dollar for a cath and stay one night at hospital.This physician is a hard working person who had a heart for poor people and his mail aim in life was to help people not to make money.Unfortunately the law is such that you can not fight the goverment and if do you lose.
James Taylor May 25, 2012 at 11:25 PM
I would say that looking at this article, it only gives reference to the DEA report and not the perspective of Dr. Katiby himself. This article is a one sided view of the case and has no perspective from the other side at all. You can't make a sound decision based on only one side of the argument. I say get Dr. Katiby's perspective in the argument. It would help in both shedding some lights on the fact and helping the San Leandro community who need this man. He works in a impoverished who, if they get hurt or are sick, would had to have gone to a hospital instead of doctor Katiby's office and get charged alot more and would make their lives much more harder. I say that despite the report Dr. Katiby should not be subjugated to this kind of criticism to people who have never even been to his office, or for that matter never been in a impoverished neighborhood. Have a heart people, we want doctors who can help with our health. Dr. Katiby didin't harm anyone, the only reason he was charged was because, my guess would be that the DEA phrased their responses in a way that would make Dr. Katiby prescribe pain medication for them. However we can never know what exactly happening because the DEA and the news only publish their perspective and not Dr. Katiby's perspective.

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