Milford psychiatrist charged with illegally distributing narcotics

Ljudmil Kljusev, M.D., who has operated a psychiatry practice at 227 Naugatuck Avenue in Milford, was arrested Thursday on a federal criminal complaint charging him with distributing narcotics outside of the scope of professional practice, and money laundering, according to a press release from Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, Michael J. Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England, and Milford Police Chief Keith Mello.

Dusan Bosotov, who was employed by Kljusev, also was arrested on a charge of illegally distributing narcotics.

Kljusev, also known as “Dr. K.”, 51, was arrested Thursday morning at his residence in Fairfield. He appeared Thursday afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah A. L. Merriam in New Haven and is detained.

Bosotov, 32, was arrested Thursday morning at his residence in Clifton, N.J. He appeared before a U.S. magistrate judge in Newark and was released on a $200,000 bond. Although he was referred to as “Dr. B.,” Bosotov is not a licensed physician.

As alleged in the criminal complaint, Kljusev has been a high-volume prescriber of Adderall and Xanax to patients who pay for office visits and prescriptions in cash, court officials said in their press release.

Adderall, which is classified as a Schedule II drug by the DEA, is the brand name for a drug containing a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine, both of which are central nervous system stimulants. This combination of drugs is used to treat narcolepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (“ADHD”). Xanax, which is classified as a Schedule IV drug by the DEA, is a brand name for a drug containing Alprazolam, a benzodiazepine drug. Alprazolam is commonly used to treat anxiety disorders or panic disorders.

The investigation, which has included the use of confidential witnesses and undercover officers posing as patients, revealed that Kljusev prescribed the drugs without a full medical examination of the patient, provided prescriptions without confirming conditions that would medically require treatment using these drugs and dispensed prescriptions in exchange for cash to patients who display substance abuse and addiction behaviors, officials said.

Kljusev also directed non-physician employees, including Bosotov, to write prescriptions signed by Kljusev when Kljusev was out of the country. Investigators said Kljusev then deposited the cash proceeds of his activities into a business account, which he used to fund his personal expenses, including mortgage payments, international travel, and clothing.

Kljusev and Bosotov are each charged with conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute narcotics, an offense that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years. Kljusev also is charged with money laundering, an offense that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years.

U.S. Attorney Daly stressed that a complaint is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the DEA’s New Haven Tactical Diversion Squad and the Milford Police Department. The DEA Tactical Diversion Squad includes officers from the Bristol, Greenwich, Hamden, Shelton, Vernon, West Hartford and Willimantic Police Departments. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sarah Karwan and Avi Perry.