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A 49-year-old Norwalk doctor who billed Medicaid for nearly $5 million for visits that never occurred pleaded guilty Monday to health care fraud and money laundering offenses.

Authorities said Ramil Mansourov, a doctor who operated out of Family Health Urgent Care, transferred some of the stolen funds to a bank account in Switzerland and then moved $1.3 million from the Swiss bank account to at least three of his own domestic bank accounts.

The investigation revealed that Mansourov, who will be sentenced in New Haven Dec. 5 by U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton of the District of Connecticut, used the stolen funds for both personal and business purposes. Among other things, the plea agreement says Mansourov used the stolen money for travel, to make luxury purchases and to pay credit card bills.

MIles Gerety, Mansourov’s Bridgeport-based attorney, told the Connecticut Law Tribune Wednesday that his client, who was going through a tough divorce, is remorseful.

“He had a nasty divorce,” said Gerety of Gerety Law. “He admitted he stole a lot of money, but he got completely messed up in the divorce with his wife. He feels terrible and has remorse, mainly, to what he did to his little girls back in Russia. My client is very likable.”

Mansourov had been detained since July 2017 when he was apprehended after fleeing to Canada. He faces a maximum of 30 years in prison, a fine of up to $10 million and an order of restitution.

In 2012, Mansourov purchased the medical practice from Bharat Patel, who continued to work there. Patel also faced legal trouble and pleaded guilty in June to narcotics distribution and health care fraud offenses.

The case against Mansourov is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rahul Kale. Tom Carson, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Connecticut, said the office would not be commenting on the matter.

Those involved in the investigation into Mansourov included the Drug Enforcement Agency’s New Haven tactical division squad, the Norwalk Police Department and the Connecticut Office of the Attorney General.