A Connecticut doctor who was charged for illegally distributing opioids attempted to hire a hitman to silence a witness in his case, but he was met with a federal sting operation in his murder-for-hire plot.
Anatoly Braylovsky was arrested in June 2020 on charges of illegal distribution of prescriptions, according to a press release from the US Attorney’s Office of the District of Connecticut.
For several years, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection’s Drug Control Division received complaints of Braylovsky prescribing habits, and the agencies notified Braylovsky of the complaints, according to the press release.
The statement detailed that Braylovsky prescribed “medically unnecessary prescriptions” to patients who then sold the drugs or gave some of the pills back to Braylovsky. In other cases, Braylovsky was accused of selling prescriptions for thousands of dollars in cash.
After his arrest, Braylovsky was released on a $750,000 bond and was ordered to stay home with a monitoring device, the New Haven Register reported.
In a desperate attempt to avoid prison, Braylovsky tried to enlist a member of Hells Angels, a prominent motorcycle gang, to “intimidate or kill” a witness slated to speak against him in his trial in October, the Washington Post reported.