Rochester Hills doctor charged with multiple felonies

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published October 20, 2020

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ROCHESTER HILLS — A Rochester Hills doctor has been accused by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel of running a criminal enterprise, including delivery of controlled substances, as well as falsely reporting patient information.

Dr. Madhu Subnani, 69, of Rochester Hills, was arraigned Friday, Oct. 16, in 71-A District Court in Lapeer before Magistrate Michael Delling on three counts of delivery of controlled substances, a four-year-felony; two counts of placing misleading or inaccurate information into a patient chart, a four-year felony; and one count of conducting a criminal enterprise, a 20-year felony.

In November 2019, the Michigan State Police Diversion Investigation Unit received a tip that Subnani’s patients allegedly were prescribed controlled substances they did not need. Police began an investigation into the licensed doctor’s prescribing activities by conducting a number of undercover visits to Subnani’s practice at Complete Family Healthcare in Imlay City.

From December 2019 to June 2020, investigators engaged in a series of video-recorded undercover appointments with Subnani, seeking controlled substances outside the scope of a legitimate medical purpose, according to Nessel.

On at least a dozen occasions during this time, Subnani reportedly violated the controlled substances act by writing prescriptions that did not have a legitimate medical purpose and also entered false notations in the patient records that would legitimize the prescriptions written.

Nessel said she is grateful for the work Michigan State Police investigators put into this case and for their continued partnership in enforcing state laws.

“We must ensure that Michigan’s rules are being followed, particularly when violations may negatively impact the health and welfare of our residents and communities,” Nessel said in a statement.

Subnani is scheduled for a probable cause conference at 9:45 a.m. Oct. 23, after press time.

Subnani’s attorneys, "Brian Lennon and Al Rogalski of Warner Norcross + Judd LLP, said Subnani has practiced medicine in good standing in Michigan for 28 years without any license issues — 27 years in Lapeer County and 24 of them in the same practice.

“We have yet to receive or review any alleged evidence from the government, nor have we been informed of any evidentiary support for the charges. We intend to provide a vigorous defense on behalf of our client,” the counsel said in a statement.

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