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A doctor charged with fraudulently selling opioid prescriptions for cash has been accused of trying to hire a Hells Angels biker to silence a potential witness.
Anatoly Braylovsky, 50, was charged last week with obstruction of justice over the alleged plot to hire a member of Hells Angels – the world’s largest motorcycle club – to kill a potential witness who was due to testify at his upcoming trial.
Braylovsky, who previously ran the Family Practice of Greater New Haven in Wallingford, Connecticut, the US, was arrested in June last year, after law enforcement officers who had been investigating him for six years found that he was allegedly prescribing a high quantity of opioid-based pills, as well as Alprazolam and Adderall, to a number of patients.
Investigators alleged he was sometimes selling prescriptions for large amounts of cash.
Prior to his arrest last week, the American doctor was out on bond and awaiting trial on charges of health care fraud and distribution of controlled substances.
The FBI received a tip two weeks ago that Braylovsky had contacted a person to allegedly help him eliminate a witness planning to testify at his trial, according to a criminal complaint first reported on by the Daily Beast.
According to the complaint, he had said that the five days he’d spent in jail following his initial arrest were the “worst five days of his life” and that he didn’t want to go back.
The complaint said that he then proceeded to ask the informant if they would talk to their “brother”, who Braylovsky believed to be the president of Hells Angels.
It read: “Braylovsky specifically referenced ‘a guy who was mic’d up’ that would testify against him and said ‘this guy’s gotta go’.
“(The informant) understood this as Braylovsky asking (the informant) to help him find someone to intimidate or kill this witness.”
According to the complaint, the informant then proceeded to alert the FBI, which sent in an undercover agent to discuss the alleged murder-for-hire with him.
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During the meeting, Braylovsky told the undercover agent that he was “sceptical” about their meet and needed to make sure he wasn’t being set up.
He repeatedly asked the agent how he knew their mutual contact [the informant].
The agent replied: "I’m not going to tell you where I’m from. I’m not going to tell you my name, I’m not going to tell you anything about me."
Braylovsky allegedly told the agent he understood.
The agent then added: “I know why I’m here and I know what my job is alright… My guys are committed, you know when I get the phone call, people I go talk to are committed.”
According to the complaint, Braylovsky said he would be in contact.
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