DETROIT — U.S. District Judge Stephen Murphy released Dr. Rajendra Bothra on a record $7 million bond on Tuesday despite concerns that he may flee to his native India.
The Bloomfield Hills doctor is awaiting trial in July on charges of masterminding an opioid drug fueled scheme.
Dr. Bothra and five other doctors allegedly cheated Medicare and subjected patients to painful, unnecessary back injections, a report from the Detroit News said.
The amount topped a previous record high bond of $4.5 million granted two years ago to Dr. Jumana Nagarwala, who was charged in the nation’s first female genital mutilation case.
The scheme was said to reach nearly $500 million according to the report. As a result of the ruling, Bothra will be forced to liquidate an $8.5 million retirement account. He will be released to home confinement and tracked by a GPS tether, and he must now report all assets under the penalty of perjury, the report said.