A Connecticut doctor charged with fraudulently selling opioid prescriptions for cash has now been accused of trying to hire someone from the Hells Angels to kill a potential witness at his upcoming trial.
Anatoly Braylovsky, 50, was charged last week with obstruction of justice over the alleged plot to hire a Hells Angel member to carrying out the killing.
Prior his arrest, Braylovsky — who previously ran the Family Practice of Greater New Haven in Wallingford — was out on bond 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 take out a witness planning to testify at his trial later this year, according to a criminal complaint.
Braylovsky said the five days he spent in the New Haven jail following his initial arrest in June last year were the “worst five days of his life,” according to the complaint, and he didn’t want to go back.
“Braylovsky asked if (the informant) would talk to his/her “brother,” who Braylovsky believed is the president of the Hell’s Angels,” the complaint said.
“Braylovsky further explained there are witnesses who will testify against him. 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.”
The informant alerted the FBI, which sent in an undercover agent to discuss the alleged murder-for-hire plot with Braylovsky, according to the complaint.
Braylovsky met with the undercover agent in a Home Depot parking lot last Tuesday.
During the meeting, Braylovsky told the undercover agent he was “skeptical” about their meeting and needed to make sure he wasn’t being set up.
Braylovsky repeatedly asked the agent how he knew their mutual contact — the informant.
The agent hit back: “Now I understand, I don’t trust nobody either. That’s why you asking where I’m from, 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.
“Matter of fact when this meeting is done, this truck is gone, everything else is gone. The phone I contact you on gets burned. Alright? Because not only do you have to have trust in certain individuals you have to know to protect yourself.”
Braylovsky allegedly told the agent he understood.
The agent pressed on: “So when we find this person and you decide what it is you want to do. How long do I have to wait around here? I’m only here for a short period of time. I’ve got other people I’ve got to go meet and talk to.”
The agent them added: “I don’t know about your situation, I don’t know what’s going on with you. I don’t want to know. Alright? I don’t want to hear whatever your issue is. 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.
Jury selection in Braylovsky’s case related to the health care fraud and distribution of controlled substances charges is set for October.
Prior to his arrest on the initial charges in June of last year, law enforcement had been investigating Braylovsky since about 2014 following complaints about his prescribing practices.
They found 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.
Prosecutors said Medicare and Medicaid paid more than $1.6 million for medication prescribed by Braylovsky between January 2016 and May 2020.