Sarasota, Fla. (CW44 News et 10) – Michael Datoli, 64, of Anna Maria, has been arrested and faces multiple charges of fraud, criminal use of personally identifiable information, and obtaining controlled substances by making false and fraudulent insurance claims. Datoli was arrested by Sarasota police officers on Thursday, December 16, 2021.
In August 2021, Sarasota police officers spoke with investigators with the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Pharmaceutical Diversion Unit about a prescription fraud case that occurred in 2019 and 2020, involving one victim and Dr. Michael Datoli. SCSO investigators said the two pharmacies involved were in the city of Sarasota. The prescriptions were for diazepam (Valium), which is a controlled substance. They were filled thrice in the name of Datoli’s wife in Sarasota city.
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In September 2021, Sarasota police officers were able to obtain copies of several prescriptions from several local pharmacies that were phoned throughout 2020 by the Datoli Cancer Center. Datoli filled and picked up the prescriptions on the same day in 2020, providing his driver’s license as identification.
The victim, who worked at Datoli Cancer for nearly five years, left the center at the end of 2020. The victim told Sarasota police officers that during a September 2021 investigation of her Florida drug controlled substance database, she saw several fraudulent prescriptions. Was written in 2020. Three fraudulent prescriptions were written to Datoli’s wife and she never saw him as a patient. The victim was shown a copy of the phone-in prescription during an interview with Sarasota police and said that he never authorized the prescription and that Datoli’s wife was never his patient.
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In October 2021, Sarasota police officers interviewed Datoli’s wife. She said she had never been a patient at the center, advised that the prescription was not hers and that she never took medications. In November 2021, Sarasota police officers summoned matching bank records from accounts belonging to Datoli, with the same address as Datoli Cancer Center and the same social security number as Datoli. The bank’s records showed the same dates, total purchase price, and stores where the fraudulent prescriptions were filled, picked up, and purchased by Datoli.
In December 2021, Sarasota police officers confiscated Florida Blue Insurance Company documents. This shows that Datoli was the policyholder for an account with him and his wife was the dependent for the policy. In Florida Blue’s paperwork, Dettoli’s wife was listed as having submitted fake prescriptions for diazepam in June 2020, August 2020 and October 2020. Florida Blue’s paperwork provided Datoli’s biographical information, the date the prescription was filled, who the doctor told him to be the victim, and additional information.
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Datoli is being charged with three counts of fraudulently (diazepam) obtaining a controlled substance, three counts of criminal use of personal identifying information and three counts of insurance fraud. Datoli is currently lodged in the Sarasota County Jail. Booking photos can be found on the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office website https://www.sarasotasheriff.org/arrest-reports/index.php