AG Balderas Charges Albuquerque Nurse Practitioner Alleged To Have Caused The Death Of Three Patients By Overprescribing Opioids

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AG Balderas Charges Albuquerque Nurse Practitioner Alleged To Have Caused The Death Of Three Patients By Overprescribing Opioids

Albuquerque, N.M. – Attorney General Hector Balderas has filed charges against Andrei V. Marchenko on nine felony charges including Medicaid Fraud Resulting in Death, Involuntary Manslaughter, Medicaid Fraud Resulting in Physical Harm and Medicaid Fraud in Excess of $2,500. The Defendant allegedly defrauded the State’s Medicaid program and overprescribed opioids to his patients, which ultimately led to three deaths and two overdoses.

“The opioid epidemic continues to ravage our communities and devastate New Mexican families,” said Attorney General Balderas. “My office will continue to use all of our resources to aggressively bring prevention efforts and targeted prosecutions to our communities that are in desperate need of healing.

This case was investigated and will be prosecuted by the Office of the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Division and is part of Attorney General Balderas’ Project OPEN, which focuses on targeted prosecutions, civil enforcement efforts, and preventative training to combat the opioid crisis in New Mexico.