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Suburban doctor pleads guilty to drug, fraud charges

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Daily Herald report

A suburban doctor has pleaded guilty to illegally prescribing narcotics and falsely billing Medicare for services he didn't provide.

Sathish N. Babu, 47, of Bolingbrook, pleaded guilty Thursday to health care fraud and drug charges, according to federal court papers.

Babu used to operate a home-visiting physician's office out of Arlington Heights and Darien, prosecutors said.

He was arrested in February following a sting by federal investigators who used an undercover officer to obtain oxycodone from Babu.

In court, Babu admitted to illegally prescribing the narcotic and other controlled substances and fraudulently billing Medicare for roughly $500,000 in services he did not provide.

Babu has agreed to forfeit about $126,000 that was seized when he was arrested as well as three luxury automobiles also seized by the government at the time of his arrest.

Babu faces up to 10 years in prison when sentenced in January, prosecutors said.

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