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NameCityStateArrest DateConviction DateJudicial StatusConvictionAdjudicationDEA RegistrationRemarks
ABBEY, Julian A, MDSaugusMA10-28-200504-30-2008Pled GuiltyPossession with intent to DistributeAbbey was sentenced to five years probation.Revoked 03-09-2007According to court documents, Julian A. Abbey, MD, age 47, of Saugus, MA, pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute Controlled Substances.
ADAMS, Lawrence, MDPhillipsburgPA06-12-200710-31-2008Jury ConvictionPrescribing Outside Accepted Medical Treatment Principles; Criminal Conspiracy to Obtain Possession of a Controlled Substance by Misrepresentation or Fraud; Dispensing/Prescribing to a Drug Dependent Person; Refusal or Failure to Keep Required Records; Willful Dispensing of a Controlled Substance without Proper Labeling; Delivery of or Possession with the Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance; Criminal Use of Communication Facility; and Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Delivery of or Possession with the Intent to Deliver a Controlled SubstanceAdams was sentenced to seven to 14 years incarceration, with a credit of 59 days time served, followed by 20 years probation. In addition, Adams was ordered to pay a $30,000 fine.Retired 07-09-2009According to court documents, Lawrence Adams, MD, age 48, of Phillipsburg, PA, was found guilty in the Court of Common Pleas of Center County, Pennsylvania of 11 counts Prescribing Outside Accepted Medical Treatment Principles; four counts Criminal Conspiracy to Obtain Possession of a Controlled Substance by Misrepresentation or Fraud; 10 counts Dispensing/Prescribing to a Drug Dependent Person; four counts Refusal or Failure to Keep Required Records, three counts Willful Dispensing of a Controlled Substance without Proper Labeling; six counts Delivery of or Possession with the Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance; one count Criminal Use of Communication Facility; and one count Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Delivery of or Possession with the Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance. Adams continually prescribed Controlled Substances to drug dependent individuals.
AGRAWAL, Pankaj, MDSicklervilleNJ06-27-200803-25-2009Pled GuiltyDistribution of Oxycodone and Money LaunderingAgrawal was sentenced to 63 months incarceration, followed by three years supervised release.Surrendered 07-28-2008According to court documents, Pankaj Agrawal, MD, age 62, of Sicklerville, NJ, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, to one count Distribution Oxycodone and one count Money Laundering. Between January 2005 and June 2008, Agrawal knowingly and intentionally distributed and dispensed to several individuals Oxycodone, specifically Percocet tablets.
AHLES, Peter, MDAnaheimCA06-14-200510-05-2006Pled GuiltyDispensing a Controlled Substance Outside the Scope of Professional PracticeAhles was placed on home detention for a period of six months and sentenced to three years probation.Revoked 09-25-2006According to court documents, Peter Ahles, MD, age 67, of Anaheim, CA, pled guilty in United States District Court to one count of dispensing Hydrocodone, a Controlled Substance, outside the scope of professional practice with no legitimate medical purpose. Ahles dispensed 500 units of Hydrocodone to confidential informants in exchange for $500.
AHMAD, Salahuddin, MDFerndaleMI05-13-200809-24-2009Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute and to Distribute OxycodoneAhmad was sentenced to 36 months incarceration, followed by 36 months supervised release. Ahmad was also ordered to pay a $50,000 fine.Surrendered 10-03-2008According to court documents, Salahuddin S. Ahmad, MD, of Ferndale, MI, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, to one count of Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute and to Distribute Oxycodone. On May 13, 2008, Ahmad, outside the scope of his legitimate practice of medicine, planned to sell (and possessed with the intent to sell) over 2,400 OxyContin tablets. Ahmad was sentenced to 36 months incarceration, followed by 36 months supervised release. Ahmad was also ordered to pay a $50,000 fine. On May 13, 2008, Ahmad, outside the scope of his legitimate practice of medicine, planned to sell (and possessed with the intent to sell) over 2,400 OxyContin tablets.
ALEXANDER, Bruce, MDFriscoTX12-05-200605-16-2007Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Possess Morphine, a Schedule II Controlled Substance, with Intent to DistributeAlexander was sentenced to six months home confinement and 3 years probation. He was also fined $2,000.00.Surrendered 02-22-2006According to the court documents, Bruce Alexander, MD, age 40, of Frisco, TX, pled guilty to conspiracy to possess Morphine, a Schedule II Controlled Substance, with intent to distribute. Alexander mailed numerous packages containing various Controlled Substances (including Morphine, Alprazolam, and Hydrocodone) to an accomplice in Indiana.
ALEXANDER, Edward J, MDPhiladelphiaPA10-18-200702-13-2008Pled GuiltyUse of Fictitious RegistrationAlexander was sentenced to one year probation on each count to run consecutively.  He was ordered to pay $1,565.50 in costs/fees and fined $300.     Retired 04-21-2007According to court documents, Edward J. Alexander, MD, age 52, of Philadelphia, PA, pled guilty in the Court of Common Pleas, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, to three counts of use of a fictitious registration.
ALEXANDERIAN, Harry, MDWest PittstonPA10-04-200405-24-2005Pled GuiltyDispensing Controlled Substances with No Legitimate Medical PurposeAlexanderian was sentenced to six months house arrest to be followed by two years probation.Surrendered 03-30-2004According to court documents, Harry Alexanderian, MD, age 80, of West Pittston, PA, pled guilty in state court to dispensing Controlled Substances outside of the scope of professional practice with no legitimate medical purpose. He also pled guilty to Medicaid fraud and unlicensed treatment of drug addiction.
ALLARA, Robert, MDCharlestonWV04-28-200804-28-2008Pled GuiltyObtaining a Controlled Substance by FraudAllara was sentenced to five months incarceration followed by one year supervised release (five months of the supervised release will be completed on home confinement) and ordered to pay a fine of $10,000.Surrendered 08-03-2007According to court documents, Robert Allara, MD, age 52, of Charleston, WV, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, to Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud. Allara knowingly and intentionally aided and abetted another person in acquiring and obtaining possession of a quantity of Hydrocodone by deception.
ARMASHI, Hussam, MDSpring HillFL02-22-2005WarrantSexual Battery on Person IncapacitatedOutstanding Warrant - No AdjudicationSurrendered 09-08-2006According to court documents, Hussam Armashi was charged with with intentionally administering a narcotic, anesthetic, or intoxicating substance to a female patient who was under his care that resulted in the patient’s mental or physical incapacitation, and then attempting to engage the patient in sexual activity without her consent and causing her injury. There continues to be an active, outstanding arrest warrant for Armashi in Hernando County, FL. Anyone who has information pertaining to Armashi’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact the nearest Drug Enforcement Administration office or the Hernando County Police Department.
ASTIN, Phil III, MDCarrolltonGA07-02-200701-29-2009Pled GuiltyUnlawful Drug DistributionAstin was sentenced to ten years imprisonment, followed by three years supervised release and 250 hours community service. He was ordered to pay a special assessment of $17,500.Retired 07-09-2007According to court records, Phil Astin III, MD, age 54, of Carrollton, GA, pled guilty in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia to 175 counts of illegal distribution of Controlled Substances. Astin distributed and dispensed a quantity of Controlled Substances for other than a legitimate medical purpose and not in the usual course of professional practice. The Controlled Substances included Schedule II pharmaceuticals Percocet and Adderall; Schedule III pharmaceuticals Vicoprofen and Lorcet; and the Schedule IV pharmaceutical Xanax. In the plea agreement, Astin admitted that he knowingly violated federal law by illegally writing prescriptions for 19 patients.
AUZINE, Donald, MDPrairievilleLA05-13-200805-19-2008Pled GuiltyUnlawful Distribution of Adderall, Oxycodone, Hydrocodone and BenzphetamineAuzine was sentenced to 37 months incarceration, followed by three years probation. He was orded to pay a fine of $10,000.Surrendered 06-16-2006According to court documents, Donald Auzine, MD, age 38, of Prairieville, LA, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana, to one count unlawful distribution of Adderall, Oxycodone, Hydrocodone and Benzphetamine. Auzine prescribed and dispensed Controlled Substances without a legitimate medical purpose and not in the usual course of medical practice.
AYCOCK, George C, MDSumterSC07-01-200909-09-2009Pled GuiltyPossession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance Aycock was sentenced to one year and one day incarceration, followed by three years supervised release.Revoked 04-16-2009According to court documents, George Aycock Jr., MD, of Sumter, SC, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina, to one count Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance. Aycock knowingly, intentionally and unlawfully distributed and dispensed, not for a legitimate medical purpose and outside the usual course of professional practice, Oxycodone, Schedule II Controlled Substance to another individual.
BAJWA, Jatinder, MDSpringdalePA03-17-200509-26-2006Pled GuiltyObtaining a Schedule II Controlled Substance by Fraud; Insurance FraudBajwa was sentenced to two years probation and ordered to pay restitution to insurance providers in the amount of $6,502.02.Surrendered 03-11-2005According to court documents, Jatinder Bajwa, MD, age 57, of Springdale, PA, pled guilty in state court to obtaining OxyContin, a Schedule II Controlled Substance, by fraud and insurance fraud.
BAMDAD, Masoud, MDSan FernandoCA04-17-200805-06-2009Jury ConvictionDistribution and Dispensing of a Controlled Substance; Distribution and Dispensing of a Controlled Substance to Persons Under Twenty-One Years of AgeBamdad was sentenced to 25 years incarceration, followed by six years supervised release. Bandad was also ordered to pay a fine of $1,000,000.Retired 09-01-2009According to court documents, Masoud Bamdad, MD, age 55, of San Fernando, CA, was found guilty by a federal jury in the Central District of California on ten counts of distribution and dispensing of a Controlled Substance; and three counts distribution and dispensing of a Controlled Substance to persons under twenty-one years of age. Bamdad, while acting and intending to act outside the usual course of professional practice and without legitimate medical purpose, knowingly and intentionally distributed and dispensed a number of pills containing a detectable amount of Oxycodone, a Schedule II Controlled Substance to several patients, some of whom were under twenty-one years of age.
BAMMER, Craig, DOGulfportFL04-27-200708-19-2009Pled GuiltyTrafficking in Illegal Drugs (Oxycodone); Trafficking in AmphetamineBammer was sentenced to 17 years in prison and ordered to pay a fine of $50,000.Revoked 09-11-2009According to court documents, Craig Bammer, DO, of Gulfport, FL, pled guilty in Circuit Court, Sixth Judicial Circuit, in Pinellas County, Florida to three counts of Trafficking in Illegal Drugs (Oxycodone) and one count Trafficking in Amphetamine.
BARNETT, Randy, MDPhiladelphiaPA01-12-200510-12-2004Pled GuiltyIllegal Sale of Prescription Drug SamplesBarnett was sentenced to in federal court in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to 24 months probation and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine.ActiveAccording to court records, Randy Barnett, MD, age 42, of Philadelphia, PA, pled guilty to one count of illegal sale of prescription drug samples. Barnett delivered thousands of non-controlled prescription drug samples to a pharmacist who, in turn, placed the drug samples into inventory and sold them to patients. The patient’s insurers reimbursed the pharmacist for the drug samples. Barnett was paid approximately $10,000 by the pharmacist for the drug samples.
BARRERA, Carlos M, MDMiamiFL01-20-200604-20-2006Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances; Conspiracy to Launder MoneyBarrera was sentenced to probation for a term of three (3) years with the first six months in home detention and ordered to pay a fine of $10,000 and a special assessment of $200.00. Barrera also forfeited $10,897.50.Retired 02-17-2006According to court documents, Carlos M. Barrera, MD, age 57, of Miami, FL, pled guilty in federal court to one count of conspiracy to distribute Schedule III and Schedule IV Controlled Substances, and one count of conspiracy to launder money. Between August and October of 2003 in the Northern District of Iowa, Barrera unlawfully dispensed thousands of dosage units of Controlled Substances by means of electronic prescriptions outside the usual course of medical practice and without legitimate medical purpose.
BASS, Harriston, MDLas VegasNV12-20-200603-05-2008ConvictionMurder in the Second Degree; Sale of Schedule II Controlled Substances; and Unlawful Possession with Intent to Sell Schedule II Controlled SubstancesBass was sentenced to ten years to life incarceration, with a credit of 57 days time served.Revoked 05-19-2009According to court documents, Harriston Bass, MD, age 54, of Las Vegas, NV, was found guilty in the District Court of Clark County, Nevada, of one count murder in the second degree; 49 counts of sale of a Controlled Substance; and six counts of possession of a Controlled Substance for purpose of sale. Bass prescribed Controlled Substances to young adults and juveniles without a medical indication at their homes and hotels/casinos in Las Vegas. Several young adults overdosed and/or died as a result of Bass’ prescribing and dispensing patterns.
BATES, Jeffrey K, MDSouth CharlestonWV08-31-200608-31-2006Pled GuiltyObtaining Controlled Substance by FraudBates was sentenced to three months in prison; one year supervised release, and fined $5000.00.Surrendered 05-04-2006According to court documents, Jeffrey Kent Bates, MD, age 42, of South Charleston, WV, pled guilty in federal court to one count of obtaining a Controlled Substance by fraud. From August 2005 and continuing until April 2006, Bates, knowingly and intentionally acquired and obtained possession of Hydrocodone, a Schedule III Controlled Substance, by deception and subterfuge.
BATTLE, Frederick, MDMichigan CityIN04-12-200410-22-2004Pled GuiltyUnlawful Dispensing of a Schedule II Controlled SubstanceBattle was sentenced to one year probation and ordered to pay an assessment of $100.Surrendered 03-26-2004According to court documents, Frederick Battle, MD, age 72, of Michigan City, IN, pled guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of unlawful dispensing of a Schedule II Controlled Substance. Battle prescribed OxyContin, a Schedule II Controlled Substance, outside the scope of professional practice to an individual working with law enforcement.
BAUMSTARCK, Joseph Jr., MDLovellWY05-22-200812-31-2008Pled GuiltyDistribution of HydrocodoneBaumstarck was sentenced to probation for a term of three years and ordered to pay a special assessment of $100 and a fee of $250.Suspended 09-01-2009According to court documents, Joseph Baumstarck, Jr., MD, age 50, of Lovell, WY, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, District of Wyoming, to one count of Distribution of Hydrocodone. On or about January 14, 2008, Baumstarck, at the time a DEA registrant authorized to dispense Controlled Substances, knowingly, intentionally, and unlawfully distributed Hydrocodone, a Schedule III Controlled Substance, outside the scope of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose.
BEDI, Sukhdarshan, MDMarionIL07-10-200911-04-2009Pled GuiltyObstruction of Justice; Tampering with a Witness; Illegal Dispensing of Schedule II Controlled SubstanceBedi was sentenced to 8 months imprisonment, followed by 3 years supervised release. He was also ordered to pay $49,014.82 restitution.Surrendered 01-16-2009According to court documents, Sukhdarshan Bedi, MD of Marion, IL, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, to two counts Obstruction of Justice; one count Tampering with a Witness, one count Illegal Dispensation of Controlled Substances – Schedule II. Bedi attempted to obstruct or impede an official proceeding by making false accusations of misconduct against the DEA Diversion Investigator assigned to this case and causing his patient to sign a letter containing false accusations of misconduct against the HHS Special Agent assigned to this case. Bedi did knowingly attempt to use intimidation, threaten and corruptly persuade a laborer who had received a prescription of a Controlled Substance from Bedi in exchange for work and not in the course of professional practice, by telling the laborer to keep his “mouth shut” to the federal agents during the investigation. And finally, Bedi did knowingly dispense a prescription of 60 Methadone pills to an individual not in the usual course of professional practice.
BEK, Jong H, MDGaryIN08-23-200305-27-2005Jury ConvictionIllegal Distribution; Conspiracy to Distribute; Aiding and AbettingBek was sentenced to 41 months in prison, followed by two years supervised release.Revoked 02-09-2004According to court documents, Jong H. Bek, MD, of Gary, IN, was convicted on 26 of 27 counts for Illegal distribution, conspiracy to distribute Controlled Substances, and aiding and abetting.
BETHENCOURT, Megaly S, MDMiamiFL03-22-200504-04-2006Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Distribute Schedule III and IV Controlled SubstancesBethencourt was sentenced to two years probation, six months home detention, and ordered to forfeit $7,710.00.Surrendered 12-16-2005According to court documents, Megaly S. Bethencourt, MD, age 56, of Miami, FL, pled guilty in federal court to one count of conspiracy to distribute Schedule III and IV controlled substance. Between October and November 2003, Bethencourt authorized at least 6,060 dosage units of Schedule III and IV Controlled Substances via the internet. Said prescriptions were not issued for a legitimate medical purpose and not in the usual course of a practitioner’s professional practice.
BICKELHAUPT, Ethan E, MDTopekaKS09-15-200909-02-2010Pled GuiltyIllegal Distribution of a Controlled Substance and Acquiring a Controlled Substance by Misrepresentation, Fraud, or Deception Bickelhaupt was sentenced to probation for a term of three years to be served concurrently for each of the two counts he pled guilty to. The court also ordered Bickelhaupt not to practice medicine during the probation period and to perform 300 hours of community service.Retired 12-04-2008According to court documents, Ethan E. Bickelhaupt, MD, age 58, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, to two counts of an Indictment charging him with illegal distribution of Schedule II Controlled Substances and acquiring Controlled Substances by misrepresentation, fraud, or deception. Bickelhaupt, while employed as a full-time practitioner at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Topeka, Kansas, wrote prescriptions for Oxycodone and Amphetamine to individuals who were not patients, and for other than legitimate medical purposes. After filling the prescriptions, the individuals gave the Controlled Substances back to Bickelhaupt for his personal consumption. On occasion, Bickelhaupt would compensate the individuals with cash or some of the Controlled Substances. The drugs were used during parties at Bickelhaupt’s house, including to ease withdrawal symptoms after using cocaine.
BILYEU, Suart W, DOSouthfieldMI07-20-200504-12-2006Pled GuiltyUnlawful Distribution of a Controlled SubstanceBilyeu was sentenced to five years imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release.Expired 07-31-2006According to court documents, Stuart W. Bilyeu, DO, age 46, of Southfield, MI, pled guilty to the unlawful distribution of Hydrocodone, a Schedule III Controlled Substance. Bilyeu admitted that he prescribed without medical necessity or justification quantities of Controlled Substances to patients. For example, in October, 2004, the defendant wrote a prescription for #120 Vicodin to an individual, without any good faith attempt to determine the legitimate medical needs of the patient. From January 2003 until May 10, 2005, Bilyeu prescribed without medical necessity or justification 100 dosage units of Oxycodone 80mg; 100 dosage units of Dilaudid, 20,000 Schedule III drugs, and 40, 000 Schedule IV drugs.
BISCHOFF, James, MDEnnisMT08-30-200409-20-2006Pled GuiltyNegligent Homicide; Fraudulently Obtaining Dangerous Drugs; Robbery with a WeaponBischoff was sentenced to ten years imprisonment with five years suspended on the first count and was sentenced to six years imprisonment on the additional counts, to be served concurrently.Revoked 04-14-2005According to court documents, James Bischoff, MD, age 48, of Ennis, MT, pled guilty in state court to negligent homicide and to two counts of fraudulently obtaining dangerous drugs.
BLEDSOE, Horace, MDLexingtonSC08-04-200910-15-2009Pled GuiltyObtaining Testosterone by FraudBledsoe was sentenced to three years probation.Surrendered 10-21-2009According to court documents, Horace Bledsoe, MD of Lexington, SC, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina, to count one of an indictment charging Obtaining Testosterone by Fraud. On or around October 2, 2008, Bledsoe acquired and obtained possession of a Schedule III Controlled Substance, Testosterone, by fraud.
BORKSON, Joseph, MDPhiladelphiaPA04-30-200709-02-2008Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances; Distribution of Controlled Substances; Aiding and AbettingBorkson was sentenced to 60 months incarceration, followed by three years supervised release. He was also ordered to forfeit $600,000.Surrendered 06-14-2007According to court documents, Joseph Borkson, MD of Philadelphia, PA, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, District of Pennsylvania, to one count Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances; and four counts Distribution of Controlled Substances and Aiding and Abetting. From around 2001 through February 2007, Borkson operated a prescription “pill mill”, at which customers paid Borkson for prescriptions for drugs, without there being any medical necessity for these prescriptions.
BRADLEY, Thomas, MDDuboisPA01-22-200810-28-2008Pled GuiltyProcure Drug for Self / Other by FraudBradley was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to pay $2,100 in fines.ActiveAccording to court documents, Thomas Bradley, MD, age 57, of Dubois, PA, pled guilty to seven counts procuring drug for self/other by fraud. During 2007, Bradley obtained for his own personal use Controlled Substances, such as Hydrocodone/Acetaminophen, that had been prescribed by Bradley to another person.
BRAUN, Robert Z, MDWest HillsCA10-19-200503-05-2007Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Unlawfully Distribute Controlled SubstancesBraun was sentenced to seventy (70) months in federal prison followed by probation for a term of three (3) years and ordered to pay a fine of $17,500 and an assessment of $100.00.Retired 11-18-2005According to court documents, Robert Z. Braun, MD, age 56, of West Hills, CA, pled guilty in federal court to one count of conspiracy to unlawfully distribute Controlled Substances. Braun’s license to practice medicine and prescribe Controlled Substances was revoked by the Medical Board of California in March 2005. Subsequent to that date and up to August 2005, Braun conspired with others to unlawfully distribute and dispense Oxycodone, Methadone, Morphine, and Hydromorphone, all Schedule II Controlled Substances, Hydrocodone, a Schedule III Controlled Substance, and Lorazepam, a Schedule IV Controlled Substance.
BREGAR, Frank, MDPittsburghPA10-17-200504-24-2006Pled GuiltyInsurance Fraud; Felony Drug Act ViolationBregar was sentenced to 23 months intermediate punishment with the first three months on house arrest, followed by 20 months probation. He was also ordered to perform 100 hours of community service and pay a $5,000 fine.Surrendered 06-08-2005According to court documents, Frank Bregar, MD, age 52, of Pittsburgh, PA, pled guilty in state court to one count of insurance fraud and a felony Drug Act violation.
BRINDLEY, Milton L, MDAugustaKY12-22-200810-26-2009Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Distribute Controlled SubstanceBrindley was sentenced to federal prison for a term of 71 months followed by three years of supervised release and ordered to pay a special assessment of $100.Surrendered 06-19-2007According to court documents, Milton Lee Brindley, MD, age 33, of Augusta, KY, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky, Northern Division, to one count of conspiracy to distribute a Controlled Substance. Brindley conspired with other individuals to unlawfully obtain and distribute Schedule II, III, and IV Controlled Substances. Brindley wrote prescriptions for the Controlled Substances in return for cash payments and other inducements. The prescriptions were not issued for a legitimate medical purpose and were written outside the usual course of medical practice. These prescriptions resulted in the illegal distribution of approximately 45.6 grams of Schedule II Controlled Substances; over 40,000 units of Schedule III Controlled Substances; and over 40,000 units of Schedule IV Controlled Substances. The conversion of these substances into marijuana equivalents result in an amount of 365.51 kilograms of marijuana.
BROADNAX, Walter, MDCincinnatiOH05-11-200711-13-2007Pled GuiltyConspiring to Unlawfully Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Certain Controlled Substances; Willfully Failing to Pay Over Certain Employment TaxesBroadnax was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to pay $145,691.00 in restitution. Retired 01-07-2008According to court documents, Walter Broadnax, MD, age 50, of Cincinnati, OH, pled guilty to one count conspiring to unlawfully distribute and possess with intent to distribute certain Controlled Substances and one count willfully failing to pay over certain employment taxes. Broadnax operated a sole proprietorship known as “The Pain Management Group”. He participated in the conspiracy by writing prescriptions, at the direction of his co-conspirators, for OxyContin and Percocet to persons that were not patients of Dr. Broadnax, who had not been medically examined, and who were not in need of the medication. In addition, Broadnax failed to file the quarterly employment tax returns and to pay over the collected employment taxes to the Internal Revenue Service.
BROWN, Michael R, MDMashpeeMA08-22-200507-20-2007Jury ConvictionDistribution of a Controlled Substance; Medicaid Fraud; Possession; LarcenyBrown was sentenced to 2 ½ to 3 years in state prison followed by five years probation.Retired 09-20-2005According to court documents, Michael R. Brown, MD, age 52, of Mashpee, MA was found guilty in Barnstable Superior Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, on seventeen counts of distribution of a Controlled Substance; ten counts of Medicaid Fraud; one count of possession of a Controlled Substance; and one count of larceny.
BURTON, Joseph L, MDAlpharettaGA10-11-201708-29-2018Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Methadone, and AlprazolamBurton was sentenced to eight years imprisonment, followed by three years supervised release.  Burton was also ordered to forfeit over $507,000 in proceeds from the sale of property used in the conspiracy.Surrendered 10-11-2017According to court documents, on May 22, 2018, Joseph L. Burton, MD, of Alpharetta, GA, pled guilty in the United States Federal District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, to one count of Conspiracy to Distribute Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Methadone, and Alprazolam.  From approximately July 2015 and continuing until February 2018, Burton conspired to distribute Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, and Methadone, all Schedule II Controlled Substances, as well as Alprazolam, a Schedule IV Controlled Substance, outside the scope of professional practice and without a legitimate medical purpose. Many of Burton’s patients were women for whom he wrote prescriptions in exchange for sexual favors. Burton, a former county medical examiner and forensic pathologist, did not operate a medical clinic and was consulting as a pathologist in court cases, when he writing theillegitimate prescriptions.
BUSH, Irving, MDElginIL07-11-200812-04-2008Pled GuiltyUnlawful Delivery of a Controlled SubstanceBush was sentenced to 30 months probation and order to pay a $1000 fine. Surrendered 09-11-2008According to court documents, Irving Bush, MD, age 74, of Elgin, IL, pled guilty to Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance. Bush knowingly delivered a substance containing Alprazolam, a Controlled Substance, without a legitimate medical purpose.
CANNELLA, Louis, MDMenomineeMI07-30-200801-12-2009Pled GuiltyUnlawful Distribution of an Unspecified Quantity of Controlled SubstancesCannella was sentenced to 48 months incarceration (based on relevant conduct), followed by three years supervised release.Surrendered 12-01-2006According to court documents, Louis Cannella, MD, age 62, of Menominee, MI, pled guilty to one count Unlawful Distribution of an Unspecified Quantity of Controlled Substances. Between January 20, 2006 and June 2, 2006, Cannella knowingly, intentionally distributed and dispensed to another person, various Controlled Substances, including Methadose, a Schedule II Controlled Substance. Although not a dentist, Cannella distributed and dispensed 948 10mg Methadose wafers to another person to treat a self-reported chronic toothache.
CASTELLANOS, Augustin M, MDPalm Beach GardenFL02-22-200607-25-2006Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Commit Healthcare FraudCastellanos was sentenced to 36 months imprisonment and three years supervised release.Surrendered 05-29-2007According to court documents, Agustin M. Castellanos, MD, age 51, of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, pled guilty in federal court to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud. Castellanos knowingly allowed a licensed pharmacist to use his name in submitting false and fraudulent prescription drug claims for Ketamine HCL and other prescription medications to private health insurance companies. In exchange for allowing the pharmacist to use his name, Castellanos received prescription drugs, including Hydrocodone.
CAVINESS, Paul H, MDMiddletonPA06-07-200711-14-2007Pled GuiltyPossession with Intent to Deliver and Criminal Conspiracy to Engage in DeliveryCaviness was sentenced to a period of nine to 23 months incarceration, followed by three years of probation.Surrendered 06-08-2007According to court documents, Paul Caviness, MD, age 49, of Middleton, PA, pled guilty to two charges: Possession with Intent to Deliver and Delivery of Controlled Substances; and Criminal Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Deliver and Delivery of Controlled Substances. From January 2006 to June 2007, Caviness ordered large sums of various Controlled Substances, rarely used in dermatology, Caviness’ medical specialty. Caviness admitted he ordered the drugs to sell them for money.
CHAIT, Michael, MDSag HarborNY03-13-200704-03-2009Pled GuiltyConspiracy in the Second Degree; Grand Larceny; and Criminal Possession of a Controlled SubstanceChait was sentenced to three years in prison, followed by five years supervised parole. Surrendered 08-13-2008According to court documents, Michael Chait, MD, age 49, of Sag Harbor, NY, pled guilty in the Suffolk County Court one count Conspiracy in the Second Degree; one count Grand Larceny; and one count Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance. Chait prescribed hundreds of prescriptions for Controlled Substances, particularly OxyContin and Dilaudid, to new “patients” for conditions he made no attempt to verify, without making bona fide inquiries into whether the patients had previous experience with these drugs or other opiates, and without determining whether the dosages prescribed would be safe to take alone or in combination with other substances the patient might be ingesting.
CHAPMAN, James, MDCartersvilleGA06-29-201109-25-2015Jury ConvictionConspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances; Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent to DistributeChapman was sentenced to ten years incarceration followed by three years Supervised Release. During Supervised Release, Chapman was ordered to participate in a drug and alcohol treatment program. He was also ordered to pay a special assessment of $4,900.Surrendered 06-09-2011According to court documents, beginning in or about May 2010 and continuing until on or about June 2011, James Chapman, MD, knowingly and intentionally conspired with other persons who together operated the Atlanta Medical Group with the purpose of distributing and dispensing Oxycodone, a Schedule II Controlled Substance, Hydrocodone, a Schedule III Controlled Substance, and Alprazolam, a Schedule IV Controlled Substance, outside the course of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose. Chapman wrote prescriptions for large quantities of the above Controlled Substances to persons with cursory or no medical examinations and continued prescribing the Controlled Substances after ignoring obvious indications that many people had visible signs of being drug addicts and were abusing and further distributing the drugs they received. Atlanta Medical Group operated its own on-site pharmacy to dispense in exchange for cash payments the Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, and Alprazolam prescribed by Chapman.
CHAUDHRY, Aziz, MDPhiladelphiaPA10-11-200606-24-2008Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Distribute and Distribution of Controlled Substances; Fraud Against the Social Security AdministrationChaudhry was sentenced to prison for a term of 15 months followed by supervised release for two years, and ordered to pay a special assessment of $400, a fine of $7,500, and restitution in the amount of $59,684 to the Social Security Administration. Chaudhry was also ordered to forfeit over $1 million in cash and properties that were the proceeds of his sales of fraudulent prescriptions.Surrendered 01-22-2007According to court documents, Aziz Chaudhry, MD, age 59, of Philadelphia, PA, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, to one count of conspiracy to distribute Controlled Substances; two counts of distribution of Controlled Substances; and one count of fraud against the Social Security Administration. Chaudhry operated the Family Medical Center (“FMC”) in Philadelphia, PA. Although it purported to be a medical clinic, FMC was in actuality a “pill mill” at which so-called patients (“customers”) could, for a fee, obtain medical prescriptions for Schedule III, IV, and V Controlled Substances without there being any medical necessity for these prescriptions. Chaudhry allowed customers to obtain prescriptions under multiple false names as long as the customer initially provided some sort of identification in each false name so that FMC could establish a “patient file.” Chaudhry would also sometimes write prescriptions for customers, and then direct those customers to fill the prescriptions at local pharmacies and bring the pills back to FMC where Chaudhry would sell the pills. Chaudhry also pled guilty to concealing and failing to report an event that he knew affected his initial and continued right to obtain payment under Title II of the Social Security Act, that is, his return to employment, in order to fraudulently secure payment when no payment was authorized.
CHENG, Paul P, MDEnidOK10-25-200607-27-2007Pled GuiltyKnowingly and Intentionally Distributed a Schedule IV Controlled SubstanceCheng was sentenced to probation for a term of two (2) years, 104 hours of community service, and ordered to pay a fine of $17,500 and an assessment of $100.Surrendered 09-20-2007According to court documents, Paul P. Cheng, MD, age 49, of Enid, OK, pled guilty in federal court to one count of knowingly and intentionally distributing a Schedule IV Controlled Substance. Cheng was an anesthesiologist licensed to practice in the State of Oklahoma. In February 2006, Cheng provided a prescription for Alprazolam, a Schedule IV Controlled Substance, to an individual who was not one of his patients and with whom he did not have a doctor-patient relationship.
CHUA, Noel N, MDKingslandGA09-13-200610-20-2007Jury ConvictionFelony MurderChua was sentenced to life in prison.Retired 09-01-2009According to court documents, Noel N. Chua, MD, age 46, of Kingsland, GA, was found guilty by a jury in the Superior Court of Camden County, State of Georgia, of violating the Georgia Controlled Substances Act, the result of which was the death of an individual. Chua prescribed or ordered multiple Controlled Substances for the victim, said prescriptions not being for legitimate medical purpose and said act not being in the usual course of Chua’s professional practice.
CHUBE, Charles R, MDGaryIN10-25-200405-01-2006Jury ConvictionDistribution of a Controlled Substance Outside the Scope of Professional PracticeChube was sentenced to be imprisoned for a term of 60 months followed by two years supervised release.Surrendered 05-27-2006According to court documents, Charles Chube, MD, was found guilty by a federal jury of one count of distribution of a Controlled Substance outside the scope of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose.
CHUBE, David, MDGaryIN10-25-200405-01-2006Jury ConvictionDistribution of a Controlled Substance Outside the Scope of Professional Practice; Healthcare FraudChube was sentenced to be imprisoned for a term of 188 months followed by three years supervised release.Surrendered 05-27-2006According to court documents, David Chube, MD, was found guilty by a federal jury of four counts of distribution of a Controlled Substance outside the scope of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose; and two counts of healthcare fraud.
CLARK, Cordell, MDDallasTX04-23-200310-09-2003Pled GuiltyFraudulent Use of a Controlled Substance RegistrationRevoked 10-17-2003According to court documents, Cordell Clark, MD, pled guilty in State Criminal Court in Texas to fraudulently using a DEA Controlled Substance registration that had previously been suspended to prescribe Dihydrocodeine.
CONNOLLY, Christine A, MDLittletonCO03-11-200812-09-2008Pled GuiltyPossession of a Controlled Substance - Schedule IIConnolly was sentenced to one year probation.Suspended 03-12-2008According to the court documents, Christine Ann Connolly, MD, age 45, of Littleton, CO, pled guilty in First Judicial District of Colorado to one count of possession of a Controlled Substance. Connolly prescribed a Controlled Substance, specifically Oxycodone, to a known drug dependent patient, outside the usual course of medical practice and not for legitimate medical purposes.
CORLISS, Scott A, MDGreelyCO01-24-200810-15-2010Pled GuiltyMisprison of a FelonyCorliss was sentenced to one year probation. Expired 03-16-2011According to court documents, Scott Corliss, MD, of Greeley, CO, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama, to one count of Misprison of a Felony - Conspiracy to Illegally Dispense and Distribute Schedule III Controlled Substances Outside the Course of Professional Practice. Between April, 2005 and September, 2006, Corliss was employed by Infinite Health, a business based in Greeley, CO, that operated with Applied Pharmacy Services (APS), a compounding pharmacy located in Mobile, AL that specialized in the manufacture, compounding, and sale of Anabolic Steroids and Human Growth Hormone (HGH). Corliss and two other physicians employed by Infinite Health wrote prescriptions for HGH and Anabolic Steroids, including Trenbolone - a bovine/equine steroid not approved for human use - based on the recommendations of an APS sales representative who was not a physician. Corliss received a payment from Infinite Health for each of the drugs that he wrote prescriptions for and were subsequently dispensed by APS. Corliss cooperated with law enforcement and testified against other persons in the conspiracy who went to trial.
CRAIG, Gazelle, DOHoustonTX07-10-201703-29-2018Jury ConvictionConspiracy to Unlawfully Distribute and Dispense Hydrocodone, a Schedule II Controlled Substance, and Carisoprodol, a Schedule IV Controlled Substance; Unlawfully Distributing and Dispensing Hydrocodone, a Schedule II Controlled Substance, and Carisoprodol, a Schedule IV Controlled SubstanceFollowing her conviction, Craig was sentenced to 35 years imprisonment, followed by three years supervised release. During her supervised release, Craig is prohibited from prescribing any medications or seeking employment at any medical facility. Craig was also ordered to forfeit $46,000, as part of a total $2,940,000 monetary judgment against her. Craig has appealed. Revoked 06-11-2018According to court records, on March 29, 2018, a federal jury in the Southern District of Texas convicted Gazelle Craig, MD, of Houston, TX, of one count of Conspiracy to Unlawfully Distribute Controlled Substances; and three counts of Unlawfully Distributing and Dispensing Controlled Substances. From March 2015 until approximately July 2017, Craig was the sole physician and medical director at Gulfton Community Health Center (“Gulton”) in Houston, Texas. Gulfton, an unregistered pain clinic, was, established and operated for the sole purpose of being a “pill mill” that routinely prescribed and dispensed Controlled Substances outside the scope of professional practice and without a legitimate medical purpose. Craig and her co-defendant, who managed the operation of the clinic, openly collaborated with street-based “facilitators,” who rounded up “patients” to drive them to the clinic and receive prescriptions of Hydrocodone and Carisoprodol from Craig. The facilitators then drove these “patients” to local pharmacies to receive their drugs and, in turn, deliver those drugs directly to the facilitators who subsequently sold those drugs on the street. The clinic charged $300 for each office visit/prescription and accepted only cash payments. The facilitators made all payments to the clinic on behalf of their “patients” and handled all payments to pharmacies. These “patients,” who were brought to the clinic for the sole purpose of obtaining Controlled Substance prescriptions in their names, constituted almost all of the “patients” seen by the clinic.
CRAKE, Robert J, DOWheelingWV03-20-200806-30-2008Pled GuiltyUnlawful Possession of a Controlled SubstanceCrake was sentenced to probation for a term of 36 months and ordered to pay a special assessment of $25 and fine of $1,000.ActiveAccording to court documents, Robert J. Crake, DO, age 40, of Wheeling, WV, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, to one count of unlawfully, knowingly, and intentionally possessing Controlled Substances, namely Phentermine, a Schedule IV Controlled Substance, which was not obtained directly or pursuant to a valid prescription or order from a practitioner while acting in the course of the practitioner’s professional practice or as otherwise authorized.
CROUTHAMEL, Matthew R, MDSeattleWA12-07-200703-07-2008Pled GuiltyAiding and Abetting Unlawful Acquisition of a Controlled SubstanceCrouthamel was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to pay an assessment of $100.Retired 12-07-2007According to court documents, Matthew R. Crouthamel, MD, age 29, of Seattle, WA, pled guilty to one count of aiding and abetting unlawful acquisition of a Controlled Substance. Crouthamel provided blank prescription scripts to others, knowing that the scripts would be forged and used to unlawfully acquire Oxycodone, a Schedule II Controlled Substance.
CRUZ-LOPEZ, Pablo, MDPoncePR05-01-200811-21-2008Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Commit Mail FraudCruz-Lopez was sentenced to 12 months and one day incarceration, followed by three years supervised release. He was also ordered to forfeit $67,270.00. Surrendered 05-06-2009According to court documents, Pablo Cruz-Lopez, MD, age 48, of Ponce, PR, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, District of Puerto Rico, to one count Conspiracy to Commit Mail Fraud. Cruz-Lopez worked with an internet facilitation center to prescribe non-controlled substances for various internet customers, who lived in states across the continental United States. Cruz-Lopez had no face-to-face contact with these customers, nor was he licensed to practice medicine in the states where the internet customers were located. The prescriptions were made after only an alleged internet consultation.
CULLINS, Suzette, MDNew OrleansLA04-12-200507-25-2006Jury ConvictionIllegal Dispensing of Controlled SubstancesCullins was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison followed by three years supervised release and ordered to pay an assessment of $600 and a fine of $7,500.Retired 08-01-2009According to court documents, Suzette Cullins, MD, age 45, was found guilty by a federal jury on one count of conspiracy to illegally dispense Controlled Substances and five counts of illegally dispensing Controlled Substances. Cullins, a staff physician at three pain management clinics (Scherer’s Clinics), engaged in a sham operation in which individuals obtained Controlled Substance pharmaceuticals without regard for medical necessity. Cullins and a co-defendant allowed the same individual patients to receive overlapping prescriptions from each of the three Scherer’s Clinics. In one instance, over a hundred day period, the same person received twenty prescriptions, each for a twelve to fourteen day supply of Hydrocodone, Xanax and Soma.
DAVIS, John B, MDWinston SalemNC10-09-200706-04-2008Pled GuiltyObtaining and Attempting to Obtain Possession of a Controlled Substance by FraudDavis was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to pay a special assessment of $200, a fine of $5,000, and $257.42 in restitution to Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina.Retired 02-13-2006According to court documents, John Blevins Davis, MD, age 54, of Winston Salem, NC, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, Middle District of North Carolina, to one count of obtaining and acquiring possession of a Controlled Substance by misrepresentation, deception and subterfuge, and one count of attempting to obtain and acquire possession of a Controlled Substance by misrepresentation, deception and subterfuge. Davis forged another doctor’s signature on a stolen prescription pad in order to obtain Hydrocodone, a Schedule III Controlled Substance.
DAYANANDA, Dewundara P, MDWaterfordMI10-15-200307-26-2005Pled GuiltyDelivery / Manufacture of Controlled SubstancesDayananda was sentenced to four years probation and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine and court costs and fees. Surrendered 11-04-2005According to court documents, Dewundara P. Dayananda, MD, age 57, pled guilty in the State of Michigan 6th Judicial Circuit to eight counts of illegal delivery / manufacture of a Controlled Substance. Dayananda prescribed Vicodin and OxyContin, Controlled Substances, for other than legitimate and professionally recognized therapeutic or scientific purposes or outside the scope of the practitioner’s practice.
DEAN, Phillip D, MDWarrentonMO03-26-201808-22-2018Pled GuiltyDistribution of Codeine without a Legitimate Medical Purpose; False Statements Relating to Health Care MattersOn December 11, 2018, Dean was sentenced to 40 months incarceration, followed by three years supervised release. Dean was also ordered to pay $312,376.96 in restitution to Medicare and Medicaid.Surrendered 03-15-2018According to court documents, Philip D. Dean, of Warrenton, Missouri, pled guilty on August 22, 2018 in the federal District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, to one count of Distribution of Codeine without a Legitimate Medical Purpose, and one count of False Statements Relating to Healthcare Matters. On or about February 2016 through March 2017, Dean treated patients at his medical office in Warrenton. During this time, Dean wrote prescriptions for Codeine, a Schedule III Controlled Substance, to patients outside the course of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose. Dean had personal relationships with several women who were patients and for whom he wrote prescriptions for Codeine, as well as other opioids, including Oxycodone, Fentanyl, and Hydrocodone, all Schedule II Controlled Substances. Dean also provided materially false and fraudulent statements and documentation to Medicare and Medicaid to obtain payments for the drugs he illicitly prescribed.
DEHART, Gail E, MDGouverneurNY05-18-200502-22-2006Pled GuiltyCriminal Sale of a Prescription for a Controlled SubstanceDehart was sentenced to five years probation.Surrendered 10-06-2006According to court documents, Gail E. Dehart, MD, age 54, of Gouverneur, NY, pled guilty to criminal sale of a prescription for a Controlled Substance. Between May 24, 2004 and September 14, 2004, Dehart did knowingly and unlawfully sell, or cause to be given, four separate prescriptions for Methadone, a Schedule II Controlled Substance. The prescriptions were provided to an individual in violation of federal and New York State law and regulations and were not provided in good faith in the course of Dehart’s professional medical practice.
DELOACH, Betty, MDShreveportLA04-12-200504-17-2007Pled GuiltyMisprision (Concealment) of a FelonyDeLoach was sentenced to six months in federal prison followed by one year of supervised release and ordered to pay a fine of $5,000 and an assessment of $100.00.Surrendered 04-12-2005According to court documents, Betty DeLoach, MD, age 68, pled guilty in federal court to one count of misprision of a felony. DeLoach was employed by Advanced Pain Management at clinics located in Metairie, Slidell, and Gretna, LA. During her employment, DeLoach was aware of the clinics’ operations and practices including the issuance of Controlled Substance prescriptions without medical necessity or not in the course of usual medical practice and the scheduling and treatment of hundreds of patients per day, often seen by one doctor, and the clinics’ failure to comply with medical standards applicable to pain management. Despite this knowledge, DeLoach failed to notify any authorities or to disclose the information in meetings with agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration. 
DELP, William, DOBethlehemPA11-05-200301-20-2005Pled GuiltyConspiracy; Illegal PrescribingDelp was sentenced to 12-24 months incarceration followed by 24 months of probation and fined $5,000.Surrendered 01-23-2003According to court documents, William Delp, DO, age 75, of Bethlehem, PA, pled guilty in state court to conspiracy and illegal prescribing of Controlled Substances. Between January 1999 and January 2003, Delp did knowingly, intentionally, and unlawfully administer, dispense, deliver, and/or prescribe Controlled Substances outside the scope of a doctor/patient relationship. Delp did not act in good faith or in accordance with accepted treatment principles accepted by a responsible segment of the medical profession. Delp conspired with individuals with the intent of promoting or facilitating the commission of a crime of obtaining Controlled Substances by fraud, deceit, misrepresentation and subterfuge.
DENNY, Kevin M, MDTierra VerdeFL05-13-200909-11-2009Pled GuiltyDistribution of a Controlled Substance Outside the Scope of Professional PracticeDenny was sentenced to 70 months incarceration followed by 36 months of supervised release. The court also ordered Denny to participate in substance abuse and mental health treatment programs during the supervised release period. The Court ordered Denny to forfeit his DEA registration number, and his Florida medical license.Surrendered 05-13-2009According to Court Documents, Kevin Denny, MD, age 55, of Tierra Verde, FL, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, to two counts of Distribution of a Controlled Substance Outside the Scope of Professional Practice. Denny, while employed in private practice, knowingly and intentionally wrote and sold prescriptions for Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, and Alprazolam to individuals outside the scope of his professional practice with whom he had no doctor-patient relationship and without adequate, or any, physical examination or diagnosis.
DEUNDARA, Patabendige S, MDWaterfordMI10-15-200307-26-2005Pled GuiltyDelivery / Manufacture of Controlled SubstancesDeundara was sentenced to four years probation and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine, court costs and fees.Surrendered 11-04-2005According to court documents, Patabendige S. Deundara, MD, age 51, pled guilty in the State of Michigan 6th Judicial Circuit to seven counts of illegal delivery / manufacture of a Controlled Substance. Deundara prescribed Vicodin and OxyContin, Controlled Substances, for other than legitimate and professionally recognized therapeutic or scientific purposes or outside the scope of the practitioner’s practice.
DEWILDE, Steven B, DOSt. ClairMI11-25-200304-26-2004Pled No ContestIllegal Manufacturing and Delivery of a PrescriptionDeWilde was sentenced to 12 months in jail, 60 months probation, and ordered to enter a drug treatment program.Surrendered 06-15-2004According to court documents, Steven B. DeWilde, DO, age 43, pled no contest in a State of Michigan Circuit Court to three counts of illegal manufacture and delivery of a prescription.
DIAZ, Julio, MDSanta BarbaraCA01-04-201208-28-2015Jury ConvictionDistribution and Dispensing of a Controlled SubstanceDiaz was subsequently sentenced to 27 years and three months incarceration, followed by six years supervised release. Diaz was also ordered to pay a special assessment of $7,900. Diaz appealed his conviction and sentence and, on remand for resentencing, was again sentenced to 27 years and three months incarceration as well as six years supervised release.Surrendered 10-31-2012According to court documents, Dr. Julio Diaz, of Goleta, California, was found guilty by a federal jury on August 28, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Central District of California on 79 counts of Distribution and Dispensing of a Controlled Substance. Diaz, known to some as the “Candyman,” operated a general practice medical clinic in Santa Barbara, California. From November 2008 until July 2011, Diaz issued prescriptions for Oxycodone, Methadone, Hydromorphone, and Fentanyl, Schedule II Controlled Substances, as well as other Schedule III and Schedule IV Controlled Substances, without legitimate medical purpose and outside the usual course of professional practice. For example, Diaz wrote prescriptions for more than 1.7 million doses of painkillers. His “patients” typically paid cash and received prescriptions for powerful drugs that included opioids, anti-anxiety medications and muscle relaxants. Several doctors and pharmacists who testified during the trial said that they had never seen any doctor prescribe the combination and quantity of drugs prescribed by Diaz. Diaz wrote these prescriptions with minimal if any medical evaluations, treatment plans, or consultation with other treatment specialists. On numerous occasions, Diaz wrote prescriptions for multiple controlled substances at one time, with increased risks of severe drug interactions. Diaz was aware many of his “patients” were abusing drugs he supplied as well as other pharmaceutical and street drugs, including cocaine, morphine, and heroin. Despite receiving complaints from other physicians, pharmacists, and parents of his patients, Diaz continued his practice of over-prescribing controlled substances to his “patients.” Prosecutors wrote in a sentencing memorandum, “[a] medical doctor trusted by society, defendant [Diaz] stopped treating patients and became a drug dealer.”
DIAZ, Mario A, MDMiamiFL03-23-200603-23-2006Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Distribute Schedule III and IV controlled substances and Conspiracy to Launder MoneyDiaz was sentenced to 30 months in prison followed by two years supervised release. He was also ordered to forfeit $272,061.00.Surrendered 05-20-2004According to court documents, Mario Alberto Diaz, MD, age 55, of Miami, FL, pled guilty in federal court to one count of conspiracy to distribute Schedule III and IV Controlled Substances and one count of conspiracy to launder money. Between April 2003 and October 2003, Diaz authorized at least 53,125 dosage units of Schedule III Controlled Substances and 17,890 dosage units of Schedule IV Controlled Substances via the internet. Said prescriptions were not issued for a legitimate medical purpose and not in the usual course of a practitioner’s professional practice.
DIETRICH, Peter S, MDSacramentoCA01-14-200911-19-2009Pled No ContestUnlawfully Issuing a Prescription for a Controlled Substance; Unlawful and Knowing Prescribe, Administer, Dispense and Furnish a Controlled SubstanceDietrich was sentenced to 60 days in jail; however, imposition of judgment and sentence were suspended. Dietrich was placed on formal probation for a period of four years and ordered to complete 600 hours community service. He was also ordered to pay a restitution fine of $800.Surrendered 03-10-2009According to court focuments, Peter Dietrich, MD of Sacramento, CA, pled no contest on two counts of Unlawfully Issuing a Prescription for a Controlled Substance; and two counts Unlawfully and Knowing Prescribe, Administer, Dispense and Furnish a Controlled Substance (not in the regular practice of the defendant’s profession).
DODGE, Jack, MDMitchellSD08-30-200504-26-2006Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute a Controlled SubstanceDodge was sentenced to 60 months imprisonment, followed by three years supervised release.Surrendered 12-16-2004According to court documents, Jack Dodge, age 48, of Mitchell, SD, pled guilty in federal court to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a Controlled Substance. Between June, 2003 and October, 2004, Dodge wrote multiple prescriptions for OxyContin for other individuals outside the scope of his legitimate doctor/patient relationship in return for receiving all or a portion of the prescription drugs back from the others.
DOMINIQUE, Jean C, MDTampaFL05-05-200605-05-2006Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute HydrocodoneDominique was sentenced to five years probation, 300 hours of community service, and ordered to forfeit $380,507.Surrendered 08-05-2004According to court documents, Jean C. Dominique, MD, age 59, of Tampa, FL, pled guilty in federal court to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute Hydrocodone. After being hired by a pharmaceutical website, Dominique permitted various physician’s assistants to use his DEA registration number to authorize Controlled Substance prescriptions and refills. In some instances, Dominique never spoke with the on-line patients or received medical records confirming their reported condition. Dominique and the physician’s assistants would receive a commission for each prescription filled. In addition to the initial prescription, patients would automatically receive two or three refills for the Controlled Substances.
DOUGLAS, Kevin L, MDJacksonTN10-31-200709-29-2008Pled GuiltyOmitted Required Reporting to the DEA of the Distribution of HydrocodoneDouglas was sentenced to time served followed by supervised release for a term of 6 months, ordered to pay a special assessment of $100, and fined $1,000.Surrendered 09-24-2007According to court documents, Kelvin L. Douglas, MD, age 55, of Jackson, TN, pled guilty in federal court, admitting that he knowingly and intentionally omitted reporting to the Drug Enforcement Administration the distribution of Hydrocodone as required by law.
DREYER, Joel S, MDMurrietaCA02-14-200809-21-2009Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Oxycodone, Distribution and Dispensing of a Controlled SubstanceDreyer, after successfully appealing his initial 10-year sentence in 2012, was resentenced on April 19, 2014. He again received a ten-year sentence followed by three years supervised release. During the period of supervised release, Dreyer is prohibited from any employment requiring licensing or certification without prior approval of the Probation Officer. Surrendered 08-02-2007According to court documents, on September 21, 2009, Joel S. Dreyer, MD, of Murrieta, CA, pled guilty in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, to one count Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Oxycodone and one count Distribution and Dispensing of a Controlled Substance. Beginning in 2004 and continuing to on or about July 24, 2007, Dreyer conspired with Mitchell Garrett Howard and others to knowingly and intentionally possess with intent to distribute Oxycodone, a Schedule II Controlled Substance, outside the usual course of professional practice and without a legitimate medical purpose. For his part in the conspiracy, Dreyer would write Oxycodone prescriptions for individuals recruited by Howard without conducting legitimate medical exams. Dreyer received between $100 and $200 for each prescription he wrote. In addition, Dreyer and Howard recruited a courier to go to pharmacies to obtain Oxycodone pills. The courier then delivered the Oxycodone pills to Howard, who in turn sold them to a pharmacy operator located in Tijuana, Mexico.
DUBRULE, Rosaire M, MDTiptonvilleTN08-22-200711-05-2014Jury ConvictionConspiracy and Distribution of Controlled SubstancesDubrule was sentenced to 150 months incarceration followed by three years of supervised release. Upon his release from prison, Dubrule will be prohibited from employment in the medical field and will be required to undergo drug testing and treatment. Dubrule was also ordered to forfeit $1,068,000.00 in currency and other valuables seized in the case. Dubrule has appealed his conviction.Surrendered 06-13-2005According to court documents, Rosaire M. Dubrule, MD, of Tiptonville, TN, was found guilty in U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee, of one count Conspiracy to Distribute Schedule II & III Controlled Substances and 44 counts Distribution of Controlled Substances. Dubrule, while practicing medicine under the trade name “Reelfoot Family Medical Practice” in Tiptonville, TN, unlawfully issued written prescriptions for Schedule II and Schedule III Controlled Substances outside the usual course of medical practice and for no legitimate medical purpose.
DURANTE, Michael, MDNutleyNJ03-24-201112-17-2013Jury ConvictionConspiracy to Distribute Oxycodone; Distribution of OxycodoneDurante was sentenced to 136 months incarceration, followed by 36 months of supervised release, during which time he was also ordered to refrain from employment in any capacity associated with prescribing medications or working in any medical office. Durante was also ordered to forfeit $629,461.00. Surrendered 03-25-2011According to court documents, Michael Durante, MD, of Nutley, NJ, was found guilty in U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, of one count of Conspiracy to Distribute Oxycodone and 15 counts of Distribution of Oxycodone. From on or about July, 2009 to on or about March, 2011, Michael Durante, while practicing as an internal medicine specialist, conspired to sell prescriptions of Oxycodone, a Schedule II Controlled Substance, to several people, knowing that those drugs would be resold on the street for profit. During this period, Durante sold prescriptions to his co-conspirators for more than 70,000 Oxycodone pills.
DURFEY, John Q, MDPanama CityFL12-13-200608-30-2007Pled GuiltyHealthcare Fraud; Illegal Dispensing of Controlled SubstancesDurfey was sentenced to federal prison for a term of 240 months followed by three years of supervised release. Durfey was also ordered to pay an assessment of $1,200.00 and to make restitution in the amount of $466,723.03 to Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Tricare, Medicaid and Medicare.Expired 06-30-2007According to court documents, John Q. Durfey, MD, age 77, of Panama City, FL, pled guilty in federal court to six counts of health care fraud and six counts of illegally dispensing, and causing to be dispensed, Controlled Substances. Durfey submitted claims for medical services and procedures that were not provided and were not medically necessary. By issuing prescriptions for Controlled Substances that were not based upon medical necessity, Durfey also caused pharmacies to obtain money from health care benefit programs by causing the pharmacies to file claims for filling prescriptions for Controlled Substances that were false and fraudulent in that the prescriptions were issued outside the usual course of professional practice, and for which Durfey lacked any documentation in patient files justifying the prescriptions, thus making the prescriptions not authorized for the pharmacies to obtain reimbursement. Durfey also knowingly and intentionally dispensed, and caused to be dispensed, quantities of Oxycodone, Methadone, Diazepam, Fentanyl, Morphine, and Hydrocodone without determining a sufficient medical necessity and outside the usual course of professional practice.
DURGAPPA, Janardhanna, MDCoral SpringsFL04-05-200608-08-2008Pled No ContestUnlawful Operation of a Pharmacy without a LicenseDurgappa was sentenced to 12 months probation and voluntarily relinquished his Florida medical license, agreeing never again to apply for licensure in the State of Florida.Surrendered 01-31-2008According to court documents, Janardhanna Durgappa, MD, age 42, of Coral Springs, FL, pled no contest to Unlawful Operation of a Pharmacy without a License. From January 1, 2005 to February 4, 2005, Durgappa unlawfully filled prescriptions without holding an active license as a pharmacist in the state of Florida. In addition, Durgappa owned and operated a pharmacy, in which no licensed personnel were employed.
EATOUGH, Philip B, MDMiddletonNJ10-11-200703-30-2009Pled GuiltyDistribution; Possession with Intent to DistributeEatough was sentenced to federal prison for a term of 41 months followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a fine of $9,000.Expired 08-31-2008According to court documents, Philip B. Eatough, DO, age 60, of Middleton, NJ, pled guilty in the U.S. District Court of New Jersey to one count of conspiracy to launder the proceeds of illegal drug transactions; and two counts of possession with intent to distribute Controlled Substances. Eatough unlawfully prescribed excessive amounts of Controlled Substances in return for payments from patients.
EICHER, Mary Jane, DOSt. PetersburgFL05-22-200601-25-2007No ContestDelivery of a Controlled Substance; Practicing Medicine Without a LicenseEicher was sentenced to 36 months probation.Surrendered 05-22-2006According to court documents, Mary Jane Eicher, age 71, of St. Petersburg, FL, pled no contest to two counts of delivery of a Controlled Substance, and two counts of unlicensed practice of healthcare profession.
ELDER, Christopher L, MDHoustonTX02-28-200806-30-2010Jury ConvictionConspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances; Aiding and Abetting the Distribution of Controlled SubstancesElder was sentenced to 15 months incarceration followed by two years supervised release. Elder was also ordered by the court to forfeit $991,114.00 jointly and severally with other defendants. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit subsequently affirmed the judgment of the district court. Surrendered 08-23-2010According to court documents, Christopher Elder, MD, of Houston, TX, was found guilty in U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, of one count Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances and eight counts Aiding and Abetting the Distribution of Controlled Substances. Between August, 2004 and October 2005, Elder and others worked at a clinic in Houston, TX called the South Texas Wellness Center. As part of the conspiracy, this medical clinic operated in conjunction with the Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy, located in Belton, MO, which filled the prescriptions and mailed the Controlled Substances back to the medical clinic in Houston, TX. Elder wrote hundreds of prescriptions for Hydrocodone, a Schedule III Controlled Substance, Alprazolam, a Schedule IV Controlled Substance, and Promethazine Syrup with Codeine, a Schedule V Controlled Substance. Elder wrote these prescriptions for persons he had not examined and for other than a legitimate medical purpose and not in the course of professional practice. For three of the persons in whose names Elder wrote prescriptions, the Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy refilled those prescriptions multiple times after those persons had died.
EMERSON, Paul H, DOTaylorMI08-29-200701-29-2009Pled GuiltyConspiracy to distribute controlled substances; Distribution of Controlled Substances Resulting in DeathEmerson was sentenced to 114 months incarceration, followed by five years supervised release. During his supervised release, Emerson was ordered to undergo mental health counseling.Retired 03-13-2007According to court documents, Paul Howard Emerson, DO, age 50, of Taylor, MI, agreed to enter a plea of guilty in the Eastern District of Michigan to one count of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, and one count of distribution of Controlled Substances resulting in death. Emerson operated the “Emerson Medical Clinic” in Taylor, MI. As part of his illicit activities, and while acting outside the course of legitimate medical practice and for no legitimate medical purpose, Emerson would falsify, and direct and instruct others to falsify, patient files; prescribe controlled pharmaceuticals in such combinations as were likely to cause death or injury; prescribe or approve the prescription of Controlled Substances without performing an appropriate physical examination and without determining medical necessity; prescribe Controlled Substances at such strength, frequencies, and amounts as were likely to cause and did cause patients to become dependant on the medications; and prescribe Controlled Substances and prescription drugs to persons that Emerson knew were addicted to Controlled Substances, abused Controlled Substances, and/or illegally distributed the Controlled Substances. Emerson also provided various Controlled Substance prescriptions in exchange for sexual favors. Prescriptions illegally provided by Emerson, as described above, included Schedule II drugs Oxycodone, Methadone Hydrochloride, and Hydromorphone; Schedule III drugs Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Buprenorphine; and Schedule IV drugs Alprazolam, Diazepam, and Propoxyphene. Emerson distributed Methadone Hydrochloride to one individual without performing a proper assessment, without trying alternate methods of pain relief, without an individualized treatment plan, and without close monitoring and regular reassessment, which resulted in the death of that individual due to Methadone intoxication.
FASWALA, Munir H, MDMillvilleNJ02-16-2005WarrantDistribution, Conspiracy to Obtain a Controlled Substance by FraudOutstanding Warrant - No AdjudicationExpired 09-30-2006According to court documents, Munir Hussain Faswala, MD, age 50, of Millville, NJ was arrested by the Millville Police Department on February 16, 2005, and charged with four counts of illegal distribution of a Controlled Substance; three counts of transaction with property from criminal activities; and three counts of distribution of prescription drugs. On March 29, 2006, Faswala was indicted in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Cumberland County on four counts of Conspiracy to Obtain a Controlled Dangerous Substance by Fraud-Third Degree; and one count of Financial Facilitation-Second Degree. Faswala was scheduled to appear for a Pre-Arraignment Hearing on April 11, 2006, but failed to appear. A bench warrant was subsequently issued for his arrest. Currently, Faswala is a fugitive. Anyone who has information pertaining to Faswala’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact the nearest Drug Enforcement Administration office or the Millville Police Department.
FELDMAN, Edward N, MDPinellas ParkFL01-06-201502-24-2016Jury ConvictionConspiracy to Distribute and Dispense Oxycodone, Methadone, Alprazolam, Diazepam; Distributing and Dispensing of Oxycodone, Methadone, Alprazolam, Diazepam Resulting in Death; Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering; Illegal Monetary TransactionsFeldman was sentenced to 25 years incarceration, followed by three years supervised release. During the period of supervised release, Feldman is prohibited from engaging in any occupation relating to healthcare, including the prescribing and dispensing of Controlled Substances. Feldman was also ordered to forfeit both properties used for his medical practices in Tampa and Pinellas Park, multiple luxury vehicles, as well as cash and other valuables totaling over $600,000 in partial satisfaction of a Preliminary Order of Forfeiture totaling $6,787,104. Feldman has appealed.Jury Conviction 12-06-2016According to court documents, beginning from an unknown date no later than October, 2009 and continuing through December, 2014, Feldman operated with his wife, Kim Xuan Feldman, a medical practice under the name Feldman Orthopedic and Wellness Center located in Tampa, FL and subsequently Pinellas Park, FL. During this period, Feldman and his wife conspired to distribute and dispense and did distribute and dispense Oxycodone and Methadone, Schedule II Controlled Substances, and Alprazolam and Diazepam, Schedule IV Controlled Substances, outside the scope of professional practice and without a legitimate medical purpose. Feldman and his wife also conspired to launder the proceeds from their illegal distribution and dispensing through the purchase of property and deposits in various investment accounts.
FERNANDO, Samuel C, MDJusticeIL11-30-200608-23-2007Pled GuiltyDelivery of a Controlled SubstanceFernando was sentenced to probation for a term of two years.Retired 10-12-2006According to court documents, Samuel Cube Fernando, MD, age 62, of Justice, IL, entered a voluntary plea of guilty in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, to one count of delivery of the Controlled Substance Hydrocodone (50 grams or more but less than 200 grams), a Class 1 felony.
FISCHER, David V, MDNew CarlisleIN04-05-200409-17-2004Pled GuiltyIllegal Dispensing of a Controlled SubstanceFischer was sentenced to 24 months in a federal prison followed by three years supervised probation.Surrendered 03-26-2004According to court documents, David V. Fischer, MD, age 38, pled guilty in United States District Court to one count of illegal dispensing of a controlled substance. Fischer knowingly and intentionally dispensed a mixture and substance containing OxyContin to an undercover police officer without any legitimate medical need and outside the scope of professional practice.
FLETCHER, Christopher W, MDNashvilleTN09-19-200509-19-2005Pled GuiltyCausing a Controlled Substance to be Dispensed Without a Written PrescriptionFletcher was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine.Expired 09-30-2003According to court documents, Christopher W. Fletcher, MD, age 50, pled guilty to one count of causing a Controlled Substance to be dispensed without a written prescription. While employed as the Medical Director for the Corrections Corporation of America, Fletcher provided prescriptions to co-workers for Hydrocodone and Oxycodone, Schedule II Controlled Substances. At the direction of Dr. Fletcher, his co-workers had the prescriptions filled at local pharmacies and then gave the Controlled Substances to Fletcher for his own use.
FLYNN, Michael A, MDWallingfordPA09-18-200802-25-2013Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Schedule III and IV Controlled SubstancesFlynn was sentenced to three years probation and 150 hours of community service. Additionally, Flynn was ordered to participate in a program of testing and treatment for substance abuse as well as participate in a mental health treatment program approved by the probation department. Surrendered 07-30-2007According to court records, Michael Flynn, MD, of Wallingford, PA, pled guilty on September 18, 2008 in U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania, to one count of Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Phendimetrazine and Benzphetamine, Schedule III Controlled Substances; and Diazepam, Alprazolam, Phentermine, and Clonazepam, Schedule IV Controlled Substances. From on or about January 1, 2007 and continuing to on or about July 11, 2007, Flynn knowingly and intentionally conspired with others to distribute Schedule III and IV Controlled Substances without a legitimate medical purpose and outside the usual course of professional medical practice.
FRIEDES, Lawrence M, MDSt. AugustineFL02-21-200702-11-2008Pled GuiltyTrafficking in Hydrocodone; Writing a Prescription for Monetary BenefitFriedes was sentenced to a term of ten years imprisonment followed by a period of ten years on probation / community control under the supervision of the Florida Department of Corrections. Friedes was also ordered to pay mandatory and discretionary costs of $6,473. Retired 02-23-2007According to court documents, Lawrence M. Friedes, MD, age 47, of St. Augustine, FL, pled guilty in the Seventh Judicial Circuit Court, St. Johns County, FL, to two counts of trafficking in Hydrocodone (28 grams or more) and one count of writing a prescription for monetary benefit. Friedes knowingly and unlawfully sold an amount of Hydrocodone consistent with trafficking to a confidential informant. The transaction was conducted in Friedes’ residence.
FRIEDLANDER, Jeffrey H, MDKissimmeeFL04-06-200910-15-2010Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Distribute and Dispense Controlled Substances Not For Legitimate Medical Purposes; Conspiracy to Defraud a Healthcare Benefit Program Friedlander was sentenced to 108 months incarceration, followed by 36 months of supervised release, and ordered to pay $317,047.13 in restitution.Surrendered 03-22-2010According to court records, Jeffrey Friedlander, MD, of Tampa, FL, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, to one count Conspiracy to Distribute and Dispense Controlled Substances Not For Legitimate Medical Purposes; and one count Conspiracy to Defraud a Health Care Benefit Program. According to court documents, between at least 2005 and March of 2009, Friedlander operated multiple medical clinics under the name Neurology and Pain Centers in Sarasota, Tampa, Lakeland, Orlando, Jacksonville, and St. Petersburg, Florida. At these clinics, Friedlander prescribed Schedule II, III, and IV Controlled Substances, including Oxycodone, Morphine, Hydrocodone, and Alprazolam not for a legitimate medical purpose and not in the usual course of professional practice. The above Controlled Substances were prescribed and dispensed by Friedlander without adequate verification of the patient’s identity or medical complaint; without adequate and reliable patient medical history; without performance of a complete or adequate mental or physical examination; without establishment of a true diagnosis; without the use of appropriate diagnostic or laboratory testing; without establishment of a treatment plan; without accurate and complete medical records; and without any assessment of risk of abuse for individual patients. Friedlander knowingly and intentionally prescribed and dispensed Controlled Substances to patients who were misusing or abusing the Controlled Substances; and were requesting additional quantities of Controlled Substances to support their own addictions or give the Controlled Substances to others. Friedlander also knowingly and willfully submitted over $300,000 in false claims for Medicare reimbursement for medical procedures that were never performed or were performed by unlicensed non-medical persons outside the presence and supervision of the physician provider. Friedlander entered or caused to be entered false information in patient files and on patient visit logs to support his fraudulent billing of Medicare.
GAYDEN, John M, MDIndialanticFL10-03-201606-22-2018Jury ConvictionDistribution of a Controlled SubstanceOn September 10, 2018, Gayden was sentenced to 235 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. Gayden has appealed.Out of Business 03-20-2014According to court documents, on June 22, 2018, John M. Gayden, Jr., of Indialantic, Florida, was found guilty of seven counts of Distributing a Controlled Substance in the United States Federal District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Beginning on or about 2009, and continuing through 2011, Gayden ran a cash-only pain management clinic in Indialantic. He charged $200-$400 per visit, during which “patients” received Oxycodone prescriptions outside the usual course of professional practice and for illegitimate medical purposes. Gayden routinely wrote high-dosage Oxycodone prescriptions with little or no medical evaluation. Gayden issued these prescriptions for years without consulting with his “patients” and without properly verifying their need for long-term, high-dosage Oxycodone.
GIBSON, Donald II, MDHoustonTX05-24-201210-21-2013Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Commit Healthcare FraudGibson was sentenced to 52 months incarceration, followed by 36 months of supervised release. Gibson was also ordered to pay restitution of $6,943,478.87.Surrendered 05-23-2012According to court documents, Donald Gibson II, MD, of Houston, TX, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, Houston Division, to one count of Conspiracy to Commit Healthcare Fraud. From on or about January, 2007 to on or about January, 2012, Donald Gibson II entered into arrangements with multiple medical clinics in the Houston area in order to authorize and allow medically unnecessary medical procedures to be billed to Medicare. From January, 2007 to July, 2011, Gibson and his associates submitted over $19.4 million in claims to Medicare. Gibson did not examine his patients or perform the medical services billed. Gibson knew the reason his “patients” would come into his clinics was because they were being paid - typically between $50 and $200 per visit - to do so as Medicare “beneficiaries” as part of the conspiracy. These “patients” were recruited from all over Houston, TX and surrounding areas, including homeless shelters. Gibson’s fraudulent billing to Medicare resulted in a monetary loss of at least $8.5 million.
GIRARDI, David, MDCurwensvillePA07-22-200803-10-2009Pled GuiltyProcure for Self by FraudGirardi was sentenced to two years probation. Surrendered 02-26-2008According to court documents, David Girardi, MD, age 31, of Curwensville, PA, pled guilty to seven counts of procuring for self by fraud. Girardi wrote narcotic prescriptions for himself and others, and then would purchase the drugs for himself at local area pharmacies.
GLASS, Ted A, MDJacksonMS11-29-200602-12-2007Pled GuiltyAcquiring a Controlled Substance by FraudGlass was sentenced to probation for a term of four (4) years and ordered to pay a fine of $5,000 and an assessment of $100. Glass also had to make restitution in the amount of $4,186.06 to the State Insurance Administrator, Mississippi Office of Insurance.Retired 12-06-2006According to court documents, Ted A. Glass, MD, age 50, of Jackson, MS, pled guilty in federal court to one count of acquiring a Controlled Substance by fraud. In February 2006, Glass knowingly and intentionally forged a prescription for Oxycodone, a Schedule II Controlled Substance, using the name of another medical doctor and filled the prescription at a local pharmacy.
GOGENOLA, Lawrence J, MDBellevueWA05-22-200808-25-2008Pled GuiltyUnlawful Possession of Controlled SubstanceGogenola was sentenced to probation for a term of two years, ordered to participate in a program for treatment of narcotic addiction, and required to perform 100 hours of community service. Gogenola was also ordered to pay a special assessment of $25 and a fine of $5,000.Surrendered 01-10-2008According to court documents, Lawrence J. Gogenola, MD, age 59, of Bellevue, WA, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, to one count of unlawful possession of a Controlled Substance. While he was employed at the Bellevue Dermatology Clinic in Bellevue, WA, Gogenola wrote prescriptions on a monthly basis for 50 pill quantities of Percocet, containing Oxycodone, in the name of another individual. On each occasion, Gogenola then presented the prescriptions to a pharmacy claiming to be the individual in whose name the prescriptions were written. In an interview with investigators, Gogenola acknowledged that he wrote such prescriptions with the intent of unlawfully acquiring the drugs for his own consumption. By his conduct, Gogenola did unlawfully possess Oxycodone in that his possession of such drugs was not pursuant to a valid prescription issued to a patient by a treating physician.
GONZALEZ, Juan O, MDMiamiFL03-23-200503-23-2006Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Distribute Schedule III and IV Controlled SubstancesGonzalez was sentenced to two years probation, eight months home detention, and ordered to forfeit $17,500.Retired 02-18-2004According to court documents, Juan Oscar Gonzalez, MD, age 50, of Miami, FL pled guilty in federal court to two counts of conspiracy to distribute Schedule III and IV Controlled Substance and conspiracy to launder money. Between September 2003 and November 2003, Gonzalez authorized at least 6,870 dosage units of Schedule III Controlled Substances and 31,890 dosage units of Schedule IV Controlled Substances via the internet. Said prescriptions were issued outside the usual course of medical practice and without a legitimate medical purpose.
GORIN, Kevin, MDLake CharlesLA01-12-200606-19-2006Pled GuiltyDistribution of, and Possession with Intent to Distribute, a Controlled SubstanceGorin was sentenced to federal prison for a term of 48 days with credit for time served followed by two years supervised release and ordered to pay a fine of $50,000 and an assessment of $500.00.Surrendered 01-12-2006According to court documents, Kevin E. Gorin, MD, age 47, of Lake Charles, LA, pled guilty in federal court to four counts of distribution of Controlled Substances and one count of possession with intent to distribute a Controlled Substance. Gorin knowingly, intentionally, and unlawfully distributed OxyContin, Xanax, Percocet, Valium, and Ambien, Schedule II - IV Controlled Substances, outside the usual course of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose.
GREEN, Spurgeon Jr. , MDPerryGA07-26-200411-06-2008Jury ConvictionConspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances; Unlawfully Dispensing Controlled SubstancesGreen was sentenced to federal prison for a term of 360 months followed by five years of supervised release and ordered to pay a special assessment of $4,600.Retired 10-11-2004According to court documents, Spurgeon Green, Jr, MD, age 70, of Perry, GA, was found guilty by a federal jury in the Middle District of Georgia, Macon Division, on one count of conspiracy to distribute Controlled Substances and 45 counts of unlawfully dispensing controlled substances. Green conspired with others to distribute and dispense Schedule II, III and IV Controlled Substances containing Oxycodone, Fentanyl, Methadone, Morphine, Hydrocodone, and Alprazolam, not for a legitimate medical purpose and outside the usual course of professional practice. Green prescribed excessive amounts of Controlled Substances, ignoring obvious indications that people were abusing, misusing and distributing the drugs, thereby causing, aiding, abetting, and facilitating the misuse, abuse, and subsequent distribution of these substances. Green also prescribed narcotics at the first appointment without conducting a physical examination and without determining a sufficient medical necessity for the prescription, and prescribed controlled substances at monthly follow-up visits without further examination. Green prepared false medical records indicating extensive comprehensive exams that had not been performed. In one instance, Green intentionally distributed and dispensed a Schedule II Controlled Substance containing a detectable amount of Oxycodone not for a legitimate medical purpose and outside the usual course of professional practice resulting in serious bodily harm to the individual.
GRIGG, Peter, MDColorado SpringsCO01-08-200908-21-2009Pled GuiltyDistribution of Controlled SubstanceGrigg was sentenced to five years supervised probation, including a 180 day period of home detention and 150 hours of community service. In addition, he agreed to forfeit $16,970 and assorted coins.Revoked 10-06-2010According to court documents, Peter Grigg, MD of Colorado Springs, CO, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, to two counts Distribution of Controlled Substances. On two separate occasions, Grigg met with undercover police officers in a parking lot and sold a prescription for Controlled Ssubstances: on one occasion for Oxycodone and on another occasion for Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA/Ecstacy). The writing of these prescriptions was not done as part of his legitimate medical practice and was not for legitimate medical purposes.
GUENTHER, Joseph, MDMetairieLA04-12-200504-18-2007Pled GuiltyConspiracy to and Illegally Dispensing and Distributing Controlled SubstancesGuenther was sentenced to ten months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release and ordered to pay a fine of $40,000 and an assessment of $500.00.Surrendered 04-12-2005According to court documents, Joseph F. Guenther, MD, age 76, of Metairie, LA, pled guilty in federal court to four counts of dispensing Schedule III and Schedule IV Controlled Substances outside the scope of professional practice and not for legitimate medical purposes; and one count of conspiracy to illegally dispense and distribute Schedule III and Schedule IV Controlled Substances and mixtures of Schedule III and Schedule IV Controlled Substances outside the scope of professional practice and not for legitimate medical purposes. Guenther was employed by Advanced Pain Management at clinics located in Metairie, Slidell, and Gretna, LA. During his employment, Guenther knowingly used his DEA registration to issue Controlled Substance prescriptions that were not medically necessary or were issued for overlapping treatment periods for the same medical condition.
GUERRA, Rene, MDMiami LakesFL07-14-200604-13-2007Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Distribute Schedule III and IV Controlled SubstancesGuerra was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison, followed by supervised release for a term of two years, and ordered to pay a special assessment of $100 and a fine of $6,000.Retired 08-01-2009According to court documents, Rene Guerra, MD, age 44, of Miami Lakes, FL, pled guilty in United States District Court, Northern District of Iowa, to one count of conspiracy to distribute Schedule III and IV Controlled Substances. Guerra dispensed Controlled pharmaceuticals by means of electronic prescriptions outside the usual course of medical practice and without legitimate medical purpose.
GUNDEL, Jeffrey, MDLowvilleNY05-06-201401-25-2016Pled GuiltyUnlawfully Distributing and Dispensing a Controlled Substance - OxycodoneGundel was sentenced to 78 months incarceration, followed by three years of supervised release. Gundel was also ordered to participate in mental health and substance abuse treatment programs. Surrendered 09-18-2014According to court documents, Jeffrey Gundel, MD, of Lowville, NY, pled guilty on December 3, 2014, in U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York, to one count of Unlawfully Distributing and Dispensing a Controlled Substance - Oxycodone. Gundel was a licensed medical doctor practicing in Lowville, NY. Between May, 2011 and April, 2014, Gundel knowingly and intentionally wrote prescriptions for over 59,000 30-milligram Oxycodone tablets, a Schedule II Controlled Substance, without legitimate medical purpose and outside the usual course of professional practice. Gundel wrote these prescriptions for cash payments knowing that the recipients of those drugs would be selling them on the street. In one example of such a transaction, Gundel accepted $2,400 as payment for a single prescription for 240 30-milligram Oxycodone tablets.
HA, Yong Soo, MDOak BrookIL09-04-2007WarrantPracticing Medicine Without Valid Medical License; Prescribing Controlled Substances Without a Valid DEA RegistrationOutstanding Warrant - No AdjudicationSurrendered 02-27-2007According to court documents, Yong Soo Ha, MD, age 67, of Oak Brook, IL, was arrested by DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office on September 4, 2007 for practicing medicine without a valid medical license and prescribing Controlled Substances without a valid DEA registration. Ha’s medical license was revoked by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation after his failure to answer allegations that he committed dishonorable, unethical, or unprofessional conduct; immoral conduct; and gross negligence in his psychiatric care and treatment of a patient. Ha was arrested by DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office on September 4, 2007 for practicing medicine without a valid medical license and prescribing Controlled Substances without a valid DEA registration. Ha’s medical license was revoked by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation after his failure to answer allegations that he committed dishonorable, unethical, or unprofessional conduct; immoral conduct; and gross negligence in his psychiatric care and treatment of a patient. On October 1, 2007, Ha was scheduled to appear in court; however, he failed to show. A warrant was subsequently issued for his arrest. Ha departed the United States in 2007 enroute to Seoul, South Korea. Currently, Ha is a fugitive. Anyone who has information pertaining to Ha’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact the nearest Drug Enforcement Administration office or the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office.
HACKNEY, David T, MDWashington, DC 12-21-200610-17-2007Pled GuiltyHealthcare Fraud; Obtaining a Controlled Substance by FraudHackney was sentenced to three years probation. He was ordered to pay an assessment of $200 and to make restitution to the District of Columbia. Department of Health in the amount of $1,791.96.Withdrawn 05-28-2008According to court documents, David T. Hackney, MD, age 44, of Washington, DC, pled guilty in federal court to one count of health care fraud and one count of obtaining a Controlled Substance by fraud. Hackney knowingly and willfully devised a scheme to defraud Medicare and Medicaid in order to obtain Oxycodone products. Hackney wrote numerous prescriptions in the names of Medicare and Medicaid patients who never received the Oxycodone. At the time, Hackney did not hold a valid, current DEA registration to prescribe Controlled Substances.
HANNY, Thomas A, MDSouth GlastonburyCT07-14-200612-20-2006Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances; Monetary Transactions from Unlawful ActivityHanny was sentenced to 33 months in federal prison, followed by supervised release for a term of two years, and ordered to pay an assessment of $300.Retired 05-30-2007According to court documents, Thomas A. Hanny, MD, age 70, of South Glastonbury, CT, pled guilty in United States District Court, Northern District of Iowa, to two counts of conspiracy to distribute Schedule III and IV Controlled Substances, and one count of engaging in monetary transactions in property derived from the specified unlawful activity. Hanny conspired to dispense, dispensed, and caused to be dispensed, multiple dosage units of Schedule III and IV Controlled Substances by means of electronic prescriptions outside the usual course of medical practice and without legitimate medical purpose. Hanny also did knowingly engage in a monetary transaction through a financial institution, affecting interstate or foreign commerce, in criminally derived property of a value greater than $10,000, that is, the defendant withdrew $15,000 to purchase a vehicle, such property having been derived from the drug conspiracy.
HAQUE, Ehteshamul, MDNorfolkVA10-06-200811-17-2008Pled GuiltyPrescription Fraud; Possession of Schedule IV Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute; Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule IV Controlled Substance and Solicitation for ProstitutionHaque was sentenced to a total of four years and 150 days. The sentence was suspended for 10 years probation. In addition, Haque’s driver’s license was suspended for 48 months.Surrendered 09-23-2008According to court documents, Ehteshamul Haque, MD, age 42, of Norfolk, VA, pled guilty to two counts Prescription Fraud; one count possession of Schedule IV Controlled Substance with intent to distribute; five counts possession with intent to distribute a Schedule IV substance and one count solicitation for prostitution. On several occasions, Haque prescribed Methadone to a patient in exchange for sexual favors.  In addition, Haque instructed his patients to turn over to him Schedule II-V Controlled Substances and Schedule VI medications that the patients no longer needed.  Haque collected and stored the prescription bottles in a drawer at his office.  Haque admitted to crossing out the original patient’s name on the prescription labels and writing in a new patient's name before distributing the medications to patients.  Haque was not licensed to dispense medication, only to prescribe it.
HEALY, Daniel, MDArcadiaCA02-10-200907-06-2009Pled GuiltyPossession with Intent to Distribute and Dispense a Controlled SubstanceHealy was sentenced to four years incarceration, followed by 10 years supervised release. Healy was also ordered to pay $150,000 fine.Retired 12-01-2011According to court documents, Daniel Healy, MD, age 53, of Arcadia, CA, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, Central District of California, to one count possession with the intent to distribute and dispense a Controlled Substance. Between February 2008 and February 2009, Healy knowingly and intentionally distributed Oxycodone and Hydrocodone, both of which are Controlled Substances, to individuals in Los Angeles County. Specifically, on February 9, 2009, Healy knowingly and intentionally distributed approximately 100 pills, each containing a detectable amount of Oxycodone to an individual. In distributing the Oxycodone, Healy acted outside the usual course of professional practice and without a legitimate medical purpose.
HENRY, Jesse B, MDAlbuquerqueNM06-23-200309-14-2004Pled GuiltyInvoluntary Manslaughter, Money Laundering, Racketeering, TraffickingHenry was sentenced to five years supervised probation and ordered to pay a $50,000 fine.Surrendered 10-21-2005According to court records, Jesse B. Henry, MD, age 69, of Albuquerque, NM, pled guilty to seven counts of involuntary manslaughter, one count of money laundering, one count of racketeering, and one count of drug trafficking. An investigation by the State Medical Investigator found that the deaths of three of Henry’s patients were attributable to the quantities and combinations of Methadone, Hydrocodone, OxyContin, Alprazolam, and Diazepam Prescribed by Henry.
HERNANDEZ, Adolfo P, MDNoblesvilleIN03-21-200811-20-2008Pled GuiltyIllegal Dispensing of OxycodoneHernandez was sentenced to federal prison for a term of 72 months followed a term of six years supervised release and ordered to pay a special assessment of $100. He was also ordered to forfeit his interest in certain property including funds due him under the terms of a promissory note with principal in the amount of $101,000 and real property of five acres located in Indiana. Out of Business 11-26-2008According to court documents, Adolfo Pliego Hernandez, MD, age 68, of Noblesville, IN, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, to one count of knowingly dispensing Oxycodone (Percocet) outside the scope of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose. Hernandez admitted in a plea agreement to knowingly and intentionally distributing a Controlled Ssubstance; knowing that the prescription drug Percocet was a Controlled Substance; and that the drugs were intentionally dispensed or distributed outside the scope of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose.
HERPIN, Callie, MDHoustonTX09-30-200404-06-2006Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Commit Fraud; Illegal Distribution of a Controlled SubstanceHerpin was sentenced to 120 months in prison, three years supervised release, and was ordered to pay $12.9 million in restitution to Medicare.Expired 01-31-2005According to court documents, Callie Herpin, MD, age 35, of Houston, TX, conspired to illegally distribute in excess of 1,765,000 dosage units of Hydrocodone and 2,500 gallons of Promethazine with Codeine. She also pled guilty to conspiracy to defraud Medicare and violation of the Anti-Kickback statute. Herpin wrote prescriptions using a list of names generated from the phone book.
HERSHLINE, Roger, MDHilton HeadSC06-11-200902-25-2010Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Distribute Oxycodone and MethadoneHershline was sentenced to 41 months incarceration, followed by 3 years supervised release.Surrendered 01-16-2009According to court documents, Roger Hershline, MD, of Hilton Head, SC, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina, to one count Conspiracy to Distribute Oxycodone. On or around November 2006, Hershline conspired with others to distribute and dispense, outside the usual course and scope of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose, Oxycodone and Methadone, both Schedule II Controlled Substances.
HINDMAN, Keith, DODeer ParkWA07-11-200704-27-2009Pled GuiltyPrescribing Schedule II Controlled Substances for Other than a Legitimate Medical Purpose and Outside the Usual Course of Professional Practice; Healthcare FraudHindman was sentenced to nine months incarceration, followed by three years supervised release. Hindman was also ordered to complete 240 hours of community service. He also agreed to forfeit his medical license and DEA registration number.Retired 02-22-2008According to the court documents, Keith Leroy Hindman, DO, age 69, of Deer Park, WA, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington; to one count of prescribing Schedule II Controlled Substances for other than a legitimate medical purpose and outside the usual course of professional practice and one count Health Care Fraud. Hindman prescribed Schedule II Controlled Substances, including Methadone and Oxycodone, to a patient despite Hindman being informed that the patient was abusing drugs. Hindman also routinely issued prescriptions for Schedule II Controlled Substances without performing an office examination.
HOWARD, Douglas, MDMelroseMA01-28-200509-30-2005Pled GuiltyIllegal distribution of a Controlled SubstanceHoward was sentenced to 30 months in jail (three months to serve and the balance suspended for four years) and four years probation. Surrendered 06-10-2005According to court documents, Douglas Howard, MD, age 57, of Melrose, MA, pled guilty to illegal distribution of Oxycodone and possession of Cocaine.
HOXIE, David A, MDWaverlyOH05-13-200508-21-2006Pled GuiltyIllegal Processing of Drug DocumentsHoxie was sentenced to serve three years under community control sanctions including a period of three years basic probation. Revoked 09-20-2004According to court documents, David Albert Hoxie, age 52, of Waverly, OH, pled guilty to one count of illegal processing of drug documents.
HUSSAIN, Abul, MDWilkes-BarrePA07-29-200501-25-2006Pled GuiltyIllegal Prescribing; Medicaid FraudHussain was sentenced to 36 to 120 months of incarceration, fined $13,000 and ordered to surrender his Pennsylvania medical license.Surrendered 09-21-2005According to court documents, Abul Hussain, MD, age 53, of Wilkes-Barre, PA, pled guilty in state court to illegal prescribing, a violation of the State Controlled Substances Act, and attempted Medicaid fraud. Hussain did not act in accordance with treatment principles accepted by any reasonable segment of the medical profession. Hussain committed Medicaid fraud by referring a medical assistance-recipient to a provider for services that were not documented in the record in the prescribed manner and was of little or no benefit to the recipient. Hussain did not act in good faith when he prescribed Controlled Substances outside the course of his professional practice by not establishing a proper doctor-patient relationship.
IBANEZ, Juan A, MDHaines CityFL10-28-200811-19-2008Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Distribute Hydrocodone; Money LaunderingIbanez was sentenced to serve fifty-one months in federal prison with credit for time served followed by thirty-six months of supervised release, and ordered to pay a special assessment of $400. Ibanez was also ordered to forfeit three vehicles, funds in his domestic and foreign financial accounts, and properties located in the United States and Costa Rica.Out of Business 07-10-2008According to court documents, Juan Antonio Ibanez, MD, age 60, who had practiced in Tampa, Haines City, and Winter haven, FL, pled guilty in federal court to conspiracy to illegally distribute Hydrocodone; conspiracy to illegally use DEA Controlled Substance registration numbers issued to other physicians in the course of distributing Hydrocodone; conspiracy to use communication facilities to commit and facilitate the conspiracy to illegally distribute Hydrocodone; conspiracy to use pharmacies to illegally distribute Hydrocodone; engaging in a monetary transaction in property criminally derived from the conspiracy to commit drug trafficking offenses; and illegally distributing Hydrocodone to undercover investigators. Ibanez’s criminal organization grossed in excess of $85 million by distributing over 50 million Hydrocodone pills to customers located throughout the United States who had placed orders on various internet website clinics owned and operated by Ibanez and others. Ibanez advertised Hydrocodone using forms of mass marketing that enticed customers to obtain prescription drugs without a prescription from their own treating physician. Ibanez personally authorized or allowed his name, scanned signature, and DEA registration number to be used to authorize the issuance of over 74,000 orders (in excess of 6.6 million pills) of Hydrocodone. Tens of thousands of orders were issued under the names, scanned signatures, and DEA registration numbers of physicians who were not employed by the organization.
IGNASIAK, Robert Jr. L, MDFreeportFL03-18-200807-27-2009Jury ConvictionHealthcare Fraud; Unlawfully Dispensing Controlled SubstancesIgnasiak was sentenced to federal prison for a term of imprisonment of 292 months followed by three years supervised release.  He was fined $250,000.  and ordered to pay a special monetary assessment of $4,300.  Ignasiak forfeited his medical building and an investment account valued at $575,000, as well as an additional $260,000 in cash. Out of Business 04-02-2009According to court documents, Robert Leonard Ignasiak, Jr, MD, age 52, of Freeport, FL, was found guilty on November 3, 2008 by a federal jury in the Northern District of Florida, Pensacola Division, on twelve counts of health care fraud and thirty one counts of unlawfully dispensing Controlled Substances. Ignasiak prescribed Controlled Substances to patients without determining a sufficient medical necessity for the prescription of Controlled Substances and outside the usual course of professional practice. Ignasiak committed healthcare fraud in that he caused patients to fill such prescriptions at various pharmacies, allowing the pharmacies to file claims and obtain reimbursement from Medicaid, Blue Cross, and other health care benefit programs. Ignasiak prescribed Controlled Substances in quantities and dosages that he knew would cause patients to abuse, misuse, and become addicted; he prescribed Controlled Substances to patients knowing that they were addicted, misusing the Controlled Substances, or “doctor shopping;” and he prescribed Controlled Substances to patients that resulted in the overdose deaths of patients from the use of the prescriptions.
ILEM, Priscilla, MDWayneNJ08-16-201112-19-2012Pled GuiltyDistribution of OxycodoneIlem was sentenced to five years probation and ordered during the probation period to be confined to her residence for one year. Ilem was also ordered to undergo a mental health treat program and prohibited from renewing or obtaining any medical license or acting as a medical doctor or psychiatrist during the probation period. Ilem also consented to forfeit $500,000 in U.S. currency as property constituting, or derived from, proceeds obtained from her illegal distribution of Oxycodone. Surrendered 11-07-2011According to court documents, Priscilla Ilem, MD, of Wayne, NJ, pled guilty on December 18, 2012 in U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, to four counts of Distributing Oxycodone. Between in or about May, 2011 and August, 2011, Priscilla Ilem, while practicing as a child and adult psychiatrist, distributed Oxycodone, a Schedule II Controlled Substance, not for a legitimate medical purpose and beyond the bounds of medical practice.
JACOBSON, Joel C, MDOshkoshWI09-28-200508-28-2006No ContestObtaining Controlled Substances by FraudJacobson was sentenced to six months in jail, 100 hours of community service, and four years probation. His jail sentence was stayed pending completion of his probation period.Surrendered 12-22-2006According to court documents, Joel C. Jacobson, MD, age 47, of Oshkosh, WI, pled No Contest to two counts of obtaining Controlled Substances by fraud. On at least 19 separate occasions, Jacobson withdrew Fentanyl from a hospital Pyxis system and did not administer the Fentanyl to the corresponding patients for which it was withdrawn.
JASZCZULT, Joan, DOBellevilleNJ09-20-200503-04-2008Jury ConvictionConspiracy to Distribute; Distribution of OxycodoneJaszczult was sentenced to 132 months in federal prison, followed by supervised release for a term of three (3) years, and ordered to pay a fine of $12,500. Retired 11-28-2006According to court documents, Joan Jaszczult, DO, age 46, of Belleville, NJ, was found guilty by a federal jury on one count of conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone and one count of distribution of Oxycodone. Jaszczult wrote illegal prescriptions for drugs containing Oxycodone without a legitimate medical purpose and outside the usual course of professional practice. Jaszczult provided these illegal prescriptions to her co-conspirators in exchange for money and services rendered. She also directed certain co-conspirators to create false patient files to justify the illegal prescriptions and caused the filing of a false police report that alleged that prescription pads had been stolen from her office to conceal her issuance of illegal prescriptions.
JEWETT, Stephen S, MDCentervilleIA03-10-200606-29-2007Pled GuiltyConspiracy; Acquiring or Obtaining a Controlled Substance by FraudJewett was sentenced to four months in federal prison, followed by supervised release for a term of one year, and ordered to pay an assessment of $500 and a fine of $11,000.Rertired 06-27-2007According to court documents, Stephen S. Jewett, MD, age 67, of Centerville, IA, pled guilty in federal court to one count of conspiracy to fraudulently obtain Controlled Substances and four counts of acquiring or obtaining a Controlled Substance by misrepresentation, fraud, deception, or subterfuge. Jewett knowingly and intentionally conspired with others to acquire and possess Hydrocodone, a Schedule III Controlled Substance, and Phentermine, a Schedule IV Controlled Substance, through misrepresentation, fraud, deception, and subterfuge. Jewett would prescribe, for no legitimate medical purpose and outside the scope of professional practice, Controlled Substances to individuals who would fill the prescriptions and obtain the controlled substances, and then return the drugs to Dr. Jewett.
JOHNSTON, Sharon L, DONaplesFL08-22-200707-29-2008Jury ConvictionIllegally Dispensing Controlled PharmaceuticalsJohnston was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison followed by supervised release for a term of three years.Expired 12-31-2009According to court documents, Sharon L. Johnston, DO, age 44, of Naples, FL, was found guilty by a federal jury on all four counts of illegally dispensing the Controlled Substances Oxycodone, Alprazolam, and Methadone. Johnston knowingly and willfully acted outside the scope of professional practice by dispensing quantities of Schedule II and IV pharmaceuticals to undercover agents posing as patients.
JORGENSEN, Eric, MDSt. JosephMO04-01-200308-19-2003Pled GuiltyPossession of a Controlled SubstanceJorgensen was sentenced to probation for three years beginning on August 19, 2003, ordered to pay court costs and crime victim’s compensation fund, enter into and successfully complete any treatment program recommended by the Probation Department and complete 100 hours of community service. Surrendered 12-03-2002According to court documents, Eric Jorgensen, MD, age 42, of St. Joseph, MO, pled guilty to possession of a controlled substance in the 5th Judicial Circuit Court of Buchanan County, Missouri. Jorgensen represented to the court that, due to stress and his personal addiction, on September 2, 2002, he misappropriated a narcotic, Fentanyl, a Schedule II Controlled Substance, by administering it to himself after finishing a 24 hour work shift in a hospital.
JOYNER, James, MDAlcoaTN10-09-201411-17-2016Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Distribute a Quantity of Oxycodone, Morphine, Oxymorphone and Alprazolam by Writing Illegal PrescriptionsJoyner was sentenced to 70 months incarceration followed by three years of supervised release.Retired 02-01-2014According to court documents, James Joyner, MD, of Alcoa, TN, conspired with other medical practitioners and office staff for the purpose of prescribing and distributing Controlled Substances without legitimate medical purpose and outside the course of professional practice. Joyner was employed as a medical doctor at Breakthrough Pain Therapy Center in Blount County, TN from April 30, 2010 to July 30, 2010. During the course of his involvement in the conspiracy, Joyner received compensation of between $1,000 and $1,300 per day in exchange for writing prescriptions and providing a purported supervisory role for nurse practitioners and physician assistants who also wrote prescriptions. Over 99% of the prescriptions written by Joyner were for Oxycodone or other Schedule II Controlled Substances. The clinic did not have any written protocol for the treatment of its “patients,” accepted only cash payments, and had no  medical equipment. The “patients” were not examined or received only nominal examinations. Joyner was aware or should have been aware of numerous indicators that the clinic was not a legitimate medical practice.
JUNCO, Anthony Jr., MDSavannahGA01-13-200603-27-2006Pled GuiltyObtaining Controlled Substances by FraudJunco was sentenced to three months imprisonment, one year supervised release, 50 hours community service, and fined $10,000. Surrendered 01-13-2006According to court documents, Anthony Junco, Jr., MD, age 47, of Savannah, GA, pled guilty to one count of obtaining Controlled Substances by fraud. Junco, aided and abetted by another, knowingly and intentionally obtained and acquired possession of a Controlled Substance, namely Norco 10/325 tablets containing Hydrocodone Bitartrate, a Schedule III Controlled Substance, by misrepresentation, fraud, deception and subterfuge.
KANE, Gerald, MDHighland ParkIL04-09-200809-29-2009Pled GuiltyReckless ConductKane was sentenced to 12 months incarceration (stayed) and 30 months probation. He was also ordered to pay a $3000 contribution to Lake County Bar Foundation; $1000 contribution to Lake County Children’s Advocacy Center; and $1000 contribution to Crime Stoppers. Surrendered 08-14-2007According to court documents, Gerald Kane, MD of Highland Park, IL pled guilty in Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Court of Illinois, to one count Reckless Conduct. Between June 1, 2006 and November 2, 2008, Kane caused permanently disability to an orthopedic patient of his by regularly prescribing large amounts of narcotics. Kane prescribed the narcotic, Oxycodone, to his patient after she had two negative urine screens, thereby indicating she was not using prescribed narcotic wherein the patient then became addicted and dependent on the narcotics.
KAPANJIE, Theodore, MDSeattleWA05-05-200905-26-2009Pled GuiltyFailure to Maintain Records of Receipt and Distribution of Controlled SubstancesKapanjie was sentenced to one year probation. He was also fined $10,000. Surrendered 05-05-2009According to court documents, Theodore Kapanjie, MD of Seattle, WA, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, to one count Failure to Maintain Records of Receipt and Distribution of Controlled Substances. On nine separate instances during 2007 and 2008, Kapanjie ordered quantities of Controlled Substances, which he ingested himself and/or provided to family members, without making or maintaining any records of his receipt or dispensing of such drugs, as required by law.
KASKIW, Richard P, MDNew HartfordNY06-19-200708-20-2007Pled GuiltyCriminal Possession of a Controlled Substance; ForgeryKaskiw was sentenced to three years probation. The probation was reduced to one year, due to his compliance with treatment. Retired 05-31-2007According to court documents, Richard Kaskiw, MD, of New Hartford, NY, pled guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance and forgery. Kaskiw, representing himself as a patient, attempted to fill a prescription for Oxycodone. Kaskiw attempted to obtain the Controlled Substance for his personal use.
KATHPAL, Gurbachan, MDCanonburgPA11-17-200405-05-2006Pled GuiltyViolation of the Pennsylvania State Controlled Substance Drug, Device and Cosmetic ActKathpal was sentenced to 24 to 48 months of incarceration for the Controlled Substances violations, and probation of six months home electronic monitoring for indecent assault.Surrendered 08-04-2004According to court documents, Gurbachan Kathpal, MD, age 62, of Canonburg, PA, pled guilty in State Court to six counts of violating the Pennsylvania State Controlled Substance Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act, and one count each of Medicaid Fraud and Criminal Attempt. Kathpal also entered a plea of no contest to one count of indecent assault on an unrelated charge. Kathpal knowingly, unlawfully, and illegally prescribed Controlled Substances to individuals under circumstances wherein the prescription was not prescribed in good faith in the course of his professional practice; and/or within the scope of the patient relationship; and/or in accordance with treatment principles accepted by a responsible segment of the medical profession.
KATZ, Harry M, MDCedar HillMO06-18-200403-15-2005Jury ConvictionIllegal Distribution of a Controlled SubstanceKatz was sentenced to 16 months in federal prison followed by two years supervised release and ordered to pay a fine of $75,000 and an assessment of $17,600.Surrendered 03-26-2004According to court documents, Harry Meyer Katz, MD, age 79, of Cedar Hill, MO, was found guilty by a jury on 176 counts of illegal distribution of Alprazolam, Diazepam, and Hydrocodone. An expert witness described the prescribing of 1,729,845 dosage units of controlled pharmaceuticals over a two-year period in a medical practice such as Dr. Katz's as "incomprehensible."
KEENAN, Robert M, MDTowsonMD10-25-200406-30-2005Jury ConvictionConspiracy to Manufacture MDMA; Attempting to Manufacture MDMA; Aiding and AbettingKeenan was sentenced to 84 months imprisonment, to be followed by three years supervised release and 1,800 hours of community service.Retired 07-31-2006According to court documents, Robert M. Keenan, MD, age 47, was the owner and operator of Elite Weight Management Center, Towson, MD. Keenan was convicted on April 25, 2005 in United States District Court on one count of conspiracy to manufacture MDMA (Ecstasy); one count of attempting to manufacture MDMA; and one count of aiding and abetting.
KEITH, Rosalie, DORosalieNY10-07-200501-25-2006Pled GuiltyFailure to Maintain Proper Controlled Substance RecordsKeith was ordered to pay a fine of $5,000.Surrendered 02-10-2006According to court documents, Rosalie Keith, DO, age 60, of Alfred, NY, pled guilty in federal court on October 6, 2005 to one count of failure to maintain proper Controlled Substance records. Between November 2003 and January 2004, Keith obtained quantities of Fentanyl, a Schedule II Controlled Substance, and Midazolam, a Schedule IV Controlled Substance, and failed to keep complete and accurate records of the receipt and disposition of those drugs. Keith was employed at St. James Mercy Hospital, Hornell, NY.
KISER, Donald R, DOMariettaOH04-16-200702-06-2008Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Distribute Controlled SubstancesKiser was sentenced to 87 months in federal prison followed by supervised release for a term of three (3) years and ordered to pay an assessment of $100.Retired 07-17-2007According to court documents, Donald Raymond Kiser, DO, age 50, of Marietta, OH, pled guilty in federal court to one count of conspiracy to distribute Controlled Substances. Kiser knowingly and intentionally conspired to and distributed Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, and Alprazolam, all Controlled Substances.
KLUG, Gerardo, MDPalm BeachFL02-15-200803-12-2009Jury ConvictionConspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substance; Money launderingKlug was sentenced to 30 months incarceration, followed by two years of supervised release. Klug was also ordered to pay a fine of $10,000 and a special assessment of $200.Surrendered 02-21-2008According to court documents, Gerardo Klug, MD, age 65, of Palm Beach, FL, was convicted by a federal jury in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida, on one count of conspiracy to distribute controlled Substance and one count money laundering. Klug was convicted by a federal jury in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida, on one count of conspiracy to distribute Controlled Substance and one count money laundering.
KOFF, Richard, MDRichboroPA01-27-200501-28-2005Pled GuiltyIllegal Sale of Prescription SamplesKoff was sentenced to four years probation with six months home detention with electronic monitoring, 400 hours community service, and ordered to pay a fine of $20,000.ActiveAccording to court documents, Richard Koff, MD, age 49, of Richboro, PA, pled guilty in federal court to one count of illegal sale of prescription drug samples.
KOFSKY, Albert, DOHuntingdon ValleyPA08-04-200609-16-2008Pled GuiltyFalse Statements to Obtain Controlled Substances; Aiding and Abetting; Use of Proceeds to Make Purchases in Excess of $10,000Kofsky was sentenced to federal prison for a term of one year and one day followed by three years of supervised release, the sentence on each count to be run concurrently. Kofsky was also ordered to pay a special assessment of $300, a fine of $200,000, and to forfeit $1,530,189 in U.S. currency seized from his residence, plus accrued interest; all funds in a bank account under his name; $50,000 in a safe deposit box; and the real property where he conducted the illegal acts.Surrendered 09-22-2006According to court documents, Albert Kofsky, DO, age 76, of Huntingdon Valley, PA, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, to two counts of making false statements to obtain Controlled Substances, and one count of engaging in a monetary transaction in criminally derived property of a value over $10,000. Kofsky engaged in and directed the sale of 500,000 units of Phentermine, a Schedule IV diet pill, and 2,000,000 units of Phendimetrazine, a Schedule III diet pill. Kofsky paid others to package diet pills and facilitate their distribution. Kofsky knowingly and intentionally acted to acquire and obtain possession and willfully caused the acquisition and obtaining of Controlled Substances, that is, approximately 500,000 pills containing Controlled Substances, by misrepresentation, fraud, deception, and subterfuge, namely by misrepresenting to a pharmaceutical wholesaler that he was dispensing the Controlled Substances within the course of his professional medical practice and for a legitimate medical purpose when, in fact, he was distributing the Controlled Substance diet pills on a first-come, first-served basis to whomever entered his place of business.
KORNELL, Bernard, MDDuncanvilleTX11-29-200503-19-2007Pled GuiltyObtaining Controlled Substances by FraudKornell was sentenced to ten years imprisonment, ten years probation, and fined $2,500 for each offense, totaling $7,500.Surrendered 07-21-2005According to court documents, Bernard Kornell, MD, age 60, of Duncanville, TX, pled guilty in State court to obtaining Controlled Substances by fraud. Kornell unlawfully obtained Dihydrocodeinone from a legally registered pharmacist by use of a false and forged prescription.
KOSTENKO, Michael, DODanielsWV11-30-201608-23-2017Pled GuiltyDistributing Oxycodone Not for Legitimate Medical PurposesKostenko was sentenced to 20 years incarceration, followed by five years of supervised release. Kostenko was also fined $50,000.Retired 08-08-2016According to court documents, Michael Kostenko, DO, of Daniels, WV, pled guilty on April 25, 2017 in U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, to one count of Distributing Oxycodone Not for Legitimate Medical Purposes in the Usual Course of Professional Medical Practice and Beyond the Bounds of Medical Practice. Kostenko was the owner, operator, and sole physician at Coal Country Clinic, located in Daniels, WV. Kostenko operated his clinic out of his house. Between July, 2012 and March, 2016, Kostenko knowingly and willfully wrote prescriptions for Oxycodone, a Schedule II Controlled Substance, to hundreds of “patients” not for legitimate medical purposes and outside the course of professional practice. On a single day, December 9, 2013, Kostenko wrote 375 prescriptions for Oxycodone to 271 “patients” who had arrived at his house that day seeking Oxycodone. Kostenko wrote those prescriptions, totaling 22,255 Oxycodone pills, without seeing any of the “patients” and while collecting over $20,000 in cash payments. None of the 371 prescriptions Kostenklo wrote that day were for a legitimate medical purpose.
KUTSCHBACH, Joan Z, MDElk GroveCA06-20-200708-22-2007No ContestObtaining a Controlled Substance through FraudKutschbach was sentenced to 30 days in jail and three years probation. ActiveAccording to the court documents, Joan Kutschbach, MD, of Elk Grove, CA, pled no contest to obtaining a Controlled Substance through fraud. Kutschbach forged a prescription to obtain Methadone for her own personal use.
LAFATA, Philip J, MDPigeonMI08-27-200909-01-2010Pled GuiltyUse of a Communication Facility to Facilitate Distribution of HydromorphoneLafata was sentenced to three years incarceration, followed by one year supervised release. Surrendered 07-31-2008According to court documents, Philip Lafata, MD, of Pigeon, MI, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, to one count of Use of a Communication Facility to Facilitate Distribution of Hydromorphone. Between July, 2007 and June, 2008, Lafata intentionally wrote prescriptions for 2050 vials of Hydromorphone, a Schedule II Controlled Substance, for a person without performing any examination of that person. During the time Lafata wrote these prescriptions, Lafata knew this person was addicted to Hydromorphone and that the person was not suffering from any disease, accident, or illness that would justify those prescriptions.
LAU, Abel, MDCatoosaOK05-13-200808-05-2009Pled GuiltyDistribution of a Controlled SubstanceLau was sentenced to probation for a term of 3 years with 6 months home detention with electronic monitoring and ordered to pay a special assessment of $100.Surrendered 11-05-2009According to court documents, Abel Lau, MD, age 48, of Catoosa, OK, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, to one count of distribution of a Controlled Substance. Lau reviewed and approved orders for Schedule III and Schedule IV controlled substances based on an online questionnaire for Jive Network, an organization based in Orlando, FL, that used the Internet to unlawfully distribute and dispense Controlled Substances. In doing so, Lau knowingly and intentionally distributed or dispensed Controlled Substances other than for a legitimate medical purpose and outside the course of professional practice.
LAZARO-PAULINA, Juan Carol, MDWestbrookME08-11-200411-18-2005Pled GuiltyTheft by Deception; Unlawful Sexual ContactLazaro-Paulina was sentenced to 30 days incarceration on each count, to be served concurrently, and was ordered to forfeit $6,380.Terminated 08-05-2005According to court documents, Juan Carol Lazaro-Paulina, MD, age 58, of Westbrook, ME, pled guilty in Kennebec County Superior Court to one count of Theft by Deception. Lazaro-Paulina also pled guilty in Cumberland County District Court to three counts of Unlawful Sexual Contact.
LE, Vu, MDMidway CityCA12-01-200611-17-2009Pled GuiltyUnlawful Distribution of Schedule II and Schedule III Controlled SubstancesLe was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison followed by 3 years supervised release, and ordered to pay a special assessment of $1,500.Expired 03-31-2008According to court documents, Vu Le, MD, age 55, of Midway City, CA, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, Central District of California, to fifteen counts of knowingly, intentionally, and unlawfully distributing and dispensing Schedule II and Schedule III Controlled Substances while acting outside the scope of professional practice. Le operated a medical office in Westminster, CA. A portion of Le’s practice was devoted to prescribing Controlled Substances to patients without performing the appropriate medical examinations in exchange for cash payment for the prescriptions. Individuals seeking Controlled Substances without a legitimate medical reason would pay $150 in cash to Le’s receptionist in order to be seen by Le. These persons would tell Le they had pain and needed medication. Le would prescribe Controlled Substances, usually Vicodin and OxyContin, without further examination, referral slips, or other documentation showing a legitimate medical reason for the prescription. Le’s actions in prescribing Controlled Substances in this manner were outside the scope of professional practice.
LEVINE, Howard J, MDSeattleWA06-26-200702-19-2008Pled GuiltyDistribution of a Controlled SubstanceLevine was sentenced to 22 months in federal prison followed by supervised release for a term of three (3) years.Retired 03-23-2007According to court documents, Howard J. Levine, MD, age 58, of Seattle, WA, pled guilty in federal court to one count of distribution of a controlled substance. Levine unlawfully, knowingly and intentionally distributed, dispensed, and possessed with the intent to distribute, substances containing Nandrolone Decanoate gel and Testosterone gel which are anabolic steroids and Schedule III Controlled Substances, and that Levine acted outside the scope of professional practice in distributing the Controlled Substance.
LEVITT, Keith N, MDSeattleWA07-31-200810-31-2008Pled GuiltyAcquiring a Controlled Substance by Misrepresentation, Deception, and SubterfugeLevitt was sentenced to probation for a term of three years and ordered to participate in a program for treatment of narcotic addiction. Levitt was also ordered to pay a special assessment of $100.Surrendered 07-31-2007According to court documents, Keith Neil Levitt, MD, age 50, of Seattle, WA, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, to one count of acquiring a Controlled Substance by misrepresentation, deception, and subterfuge. While he was the owner, operator, and medical director of Regeneration Medispa and Salon in Seattle, WA, Levitt placed an order for 600 pills of 10mg Hydrocodone. Upon receipt of the drugs, Levitt unlawfully removed the drugs from the Regeneration Spa and diverted them for his own use. Levitt also called in prescriptions for Hydrocodone in the name of a third party who would then pick up the drugs and return them to Levitt. In addition, after his DEA registration was suspended, Levitt called in prescriptions for Hydrocodone using the DEA numbers of other physicians working at the Spa. In performing the above acts, Levitt knowingly, intentionally, and unlawfully acquired a controlled substance by misrepresentation, deception, and subterfuge.
LIEBERMAN, Ira, DONorth BranchMI10-20-200310-08-2004Pled GuiltyIllegal Distribution of a Controlled SubstanceLieberman was sentenced to 27 months in prison followed by 36 months supervised release and ordered to pay an assessment of $1,400.Surrendered 04-16-2004According to court documents, Ira Lieberman, DO, age 56, of North Branch, MI, pled guilty to 14 counts of illegal distribution of a Controlled drug. Lieberman supplied Demerol to a medical assistant so that she could inject him with the Demerol without a legitimate medical reason and outside the scope of legitimate medical practice.
LIPSON, Philip A, DOChurchvillePA06-22-200506-22-2005Pled GuiltyIllegal Sale of Prescription Drug SamplesLipson was sentenced to 36 months probation and ordered to pay a $40,000 fine.Expired 03-21-2007According to court records, Philip Lipson, DO, age 56, of Churchville, PA, pled guilty in federal court in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to one count of illegal sale of prescription drug samples. Lipson had previously pled guilty to this charge on January 13, 2005, but formal arrest proceedings were delayed until he was sentenced. Lipson delivered thousands of non-controlled prescription drug samples to a pharmacist who, in turn, placed the drug samples into inventory and sold them to patients. The patient’s insurers reimbursed the pharmacist for the drug samples. Lipson was paid approximately $40,000 by the pharmacist for the drug samples.
LISNICHY , Nicholas, MDDunmorePA10-08-200402-07-2005Pled GuiltyDelivery of a Controlled Substance; FraudLisnichy was sentenced to 6 to 12 years in prison followed by 10 years probation and agreed to forfeit $173,000, two Mercedes-Benz vehicles valued at $75,000, and $50,000 from the sale of real estate. Surrendered 12-29-2004According to court documents, Nicholas Lisnichy, MD, age 47, of Dunmore, PA, pled guilty to felony drug delivery by a practitioner, drug delivery to an addict, and health insurance fraud. On numerous occasions, Lisnichy wrote prescriptions for Controlled Substances on the condition that the patients fill the prescriptions, often using their health insurance plan, and then return half of the drugs to him for his own personal use and distribution.  At times, he used the drugs with his patients for other than legitimate medical need.
LITTLE, Albert G, MDCatonsvilleMD01-25-200707-12-2007Pled GuiltyHealthcare Fraud; Obtaining Drugs by FraudLittle was sentenced to three years probation. Little, who earlier forfeited $574,426.61 in illegal profits, was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $113,782.00. Retired 10-31-2005According to the court documents, Albert Little, MD, of Catonsville, MD, pled guilty to four counts healthcare fraud and one count obtaining drugs by fraud. From June 2002 through December 2003, Little defrauded the healthcare benefit programs by submitting reimbursements for the cost of medical services and procedures never provided and by providing reimbursements for the cost of prescriptions for Controlled Substances, which were provided to patients in exchange for cash and with no legitimate medical purpose.
LOCKRIDGE, William R, MDLake ParkFL04-07-200809-30-2009Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Distribute a Controlled SubstanceLockridge was sentenced to federal prison for a term of 12 months and one day followed by 2 years of supervised release and ordered to pay a special assessment of $100.Revoked 01-26-2007According to court documents, William R. Lockridge, MD, age 63, of Lake Park, FL, pled guilty in US District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania, to one count of conspiracy to distribute a Controlled Substance. Lockridge knowingly, intentionally, and unlawfully conspired with others to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a quantity of Hydrocodone, a Schedule III Controlled Substance; a quantity of Diazepam, a Schedule IV Controlled Substance; and a quantity of Alprazolam, a Schedule IV Controlled Substance. During the period of the conspiracy, Lockridge wrongfully issued 28,000 prescriptions.
LOPEZ, Peter C, MDMiamiFL10-25-200712-08-2008Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Dispense Controlled Substances; Conspiracy to Launder MoneyLopez was sentenced to federal prison for a term of 22 months followed by two years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a special assessment of $200.Retired 11-02-1996According to court documents, Peter Colon Lopez, MD, age 54, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Iowa, to conspiracy to dispense and cause to be dispensed Schedule III and Schedule IV Controlled Substances, and conspiracy to launder money. Lopez worked for Pharmacom International Corporation, a company in the business of using the Internet to sell prescription drugs. Customers completed a short online health history questionnaire and provided credit card payment information. Customers’ identities were not verified, nor were customers required to submit any medical records. Lopez, a medical doctor, was hired to review the prescription drug orders. He would review the orders without examining any of the customers and, in the vast majority of cases, without reviewing any medical records. The only contact he had with customers, if any, was an occasional brief telephone call or exchange of emails. During the time he worked for Pharmacon, Lopez was not licensed to practice medicine anywhere in the United States, nor did Lopez have a valid DEA registration to prescribe controlled pharmaceuticals.
LOWE, Kevin, MDMelvilleNY02-04-201405-05-2015Jury ConvictionConspiracy to Distribute NarcoticsLowe was sentenced to 12 years incarceration, followed by three years of supervised release. Lowe was also ordered to forfeit $2,338,661. Revoked 06-14-2017According to court documents, Dr. Kevin Lowe, of Melville, New York, was found guilty of Conspiracy to Distribute Narcotics by a federal jury on May 5, 2015 in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. From approximately January 2011 until February 2014, Lowe owned and operated several medical clinics in New York City under the name “Astramed.” During this period, Lowe conspired with over ten local drug dealers who functioned as “Crew Chiefs” responsible for providing “patients” to Astramed clinics for the purpose of obtaining prescriptions for Oxycodone, a Schedule II Controlled Substance. Each Crew Chief typically provided dozens of “patients” to Lowe’s clinics. Lowe’s conspiracy also included other doctors at his clinics whom he would pay for writing Oxycodone prescriptions, as well as office staff, who regularly took cash payments from the “Crew Chiefs” to advance their “patients” into the doctors. Astramed accepted no form of health insurance and accepted only cash or money orders for payment. Each “doctor visit” usually cost $300, lasted a minute or two, involved no physical examination, and consistently resulted in a prescription for large doses of Oxycodone - typically a 30-day supply of 180 tablets. Astramed office staff and “Crew Chiefs” also sold fake MRIs and urine tests to “patients” purporting to document injuries and show that the “patients” were taking Oxycodone. In total, Lowe’s conspiracy produced 34,925 medically unnecessary prescriptions resulting in distribution of more than 5.5 million Oxycodone tablets.
LOXLEY, Sidney S, MDChesapeakeVA01-19-200512-23-2005Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Traffic in Controlled SubstancesLoxley was sentenced to 87 months in prison followed by three years supervised release. Revoked 06-27-2006According to court documents, Sidney S. Loxley, MD, age 63, of Chesapeake, VA, pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to traffic in Controlled Substances. Loxley unlawfully conspired to dispense Controlled Substances not for a legitimate medical purpose and beyond the bounds of medical practice, and that death and serious bodily injury resulted from the use of these substances.
LY, Hung T, MDSavannahFL10-03-200705-15-2009Jury ConvictionUnlawful Dispensing of Controlled SubstancesLy was sentenced to federal prison for a term of 97 months followed by five years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a special assessment of $12,900 and a fine of $200,000.Expired 03-31-2009According to court documents, Hung Thien Ly, MD, age 51, of Savannah, GA, was found guilty by a jury in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Georgia, Savannah Division, on all 129 counts of unlawful dispensation of Controlled Substances charged in the indictment. Ly knowingly, intentionally, and unlawfully directly dispensed, and caused to be dispensed, Controlled Substances outside the usual course of professional practice and without legitimate medical purpose by selling Controlled Substances to individuals and by means of written prescriptions.
MACH, Philip, MDNew BrunswickNJ08-31-200505-10-2007Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Distribute and Dispense; Aiding and Abetting the Unlawful Distribution and Dispensing of Controlled SubstancesMach was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release, and assessed a $200.00 criminal monetary penalty.Surrendered 04-26-2007According to court documents, Phillip Mach, MD, age 49, of New Brunswick, NJ, pled guilty in federal court to conspiracy to distribute and dispense, and aiding and abetting the unlawful distribution and dispensing of, Controlled Substances by means that were outside of the usual course of professional medical practice and without a legitimate medical purpose. Mach was a physician licensed to practice medicine by the State of New Jersey with offices in New Brunswick. Mach entered into an agreement with Xpress Pharmacy Direct, located in Minnesota, to provide prescriptions to online customers.
MANFREDONIA, Seraphin J, MDNorth Palm BeachFL10-20-200602-05-2007Pled GuiltyDistributing and Dispensing Controlled SubstancesManfredonia was sentenced to probation for a term of three (3) years, participation in the Home Confinement Program for one year, and ordered to pay a fine of $12,500 and an assessment of $400.Retired 04-24-2006According to court documents, Seraphin J. Manfredonia, MD, age 78, of North Palm Beach, FL, pled guilty in federal court to four counts of distributing and dispensing Controlled Substances. Manfredonia knowingly and intentionally distributed and dispensed, and caused to be distributed and dispensed, a mixture and substance containing detectable amounts of Schedule II - IV Controlled Substances, including Roxicodone, Methadone, Percocet, Dilaudid, Lorcet, Xanax, and Valium, outside the course of professional practice.
MARSHALL, Harold, MDDallasTX09-12-200706-25-2008Pled GuiltyFraudulent Delivery of a Prescription FormMarshall was sentenced to 10 years probation and ordered to complete 160 hours of community service.Surrendered 09-07-2007According to the court documents, Harold Marshall, MD, age 45, of Dallas, TX, pled guilty to three counts of fraudulent delivery of a Controlled Substance, to wit: Clonazepam. Marshall intentionally and knowingly delivered a prescription and prescription form to a patient without a valid medical purpose and outside the course of professional practice.
MARTINEZ, Estrella, MDAlbanyNY11-30-200605-08-2007Pled GuiltyCriminal Possession of a Controlled SubstanceMartinez was sentenced to 3 years probation and ordered to pay a surcharge of $160.Surrendered 11-29-2006According to court documents, Estrella Martinez, MD, age 49, of Colonie, NY, pled guilty in Albany City Court, to criminal possession of a Controlled Substance. Martinez ordered and possessed Hydrocodone tablets without a valid NY medical license.
MARTINEZ, Jorge A, MDBoardmanOH09-13-200406-14-2006Jury ConvictionHealthcare Fraud Resulting in Death; Distribution of Controlled SubstancesMartinez was sentenced to life in federal prison and ordered to pay an assessment of $5,600. Retired 08-31-2006According to court documents, Jorge A. Martinez, MD, age 56, of Boardman, OH, was found guilty by a federal jury on two counts of healthcare fraud resulting in death; twenty-one additional counts of healthcare fraud; ten counts of wire fraud; fifteen counts of mail fraud; and eight counts of distribution of Controlled Substances. From 1998 to September 2004, Martinez submitted false bills to insurance plans for injections and office visits. The jury found that the defendant’s health care fraud scheme resulted in the deaths of two insurance beneficiaries. The jury also found the defendant guilty of drug trafficking in OxyContin (Oxycodone), a Schedule II Controlled Substance.
MARTINEZ, Rogelio, MDPensacolaFL02-14-200804-01-2009Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Distribute Controlled SubstancesMartinez was sentenced to 72 months incarceration, followed by 3 years of supervised release. Martinez was also ordered to pay a fine of $10,000.Suspended 02-27-2008According to court documents, Rogelio Martinez, MD, age 69, of Pensacola, FL, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida, to one count of Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances.
MASIH, Rajan B, MDMoorefieldWV08-26-200909-16-2010Pled GuiltyDistribution of a Schedule II Controlled SubstanceOn May 12, 2011, Masih was sentenced to 48 months incarceration, followed by 36 months supervised release. Masih was also ordered to participate in a program of testing, counseling, and treatment for drug abuse.Surrendered 08-28-2009According to court documents, Dr. Rajan Masih, MD, of Moorefield, WV, pled guilty in the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, to one count of Distribution of a Schedule II Controlled Substance. On or about January 10, 2008, Masih knowingly and intentionally distributed Hydromorphone, a Schedule II Controlled Substance, not for a legitimate medical purpose and outside the usual course of professional medical practice.
MAYE, John, MDRochesterNY08-21-200806-25-2014Jury ConvictionDistribution of Hydrocodone, Codeine, Diazepam, Alprazolam, Lorazepam, Zolpidem, and PhentermineMaye was sentenced to one year and one day incarceration, followed by two years supervised release. Maye was also ordered to pay $3,300 in monetary penalties.Surrendered 09-10-2008According to court documents, between on or about January 2004 and September 2006, John Maye, MD, knowingly and intentionally distributed and dispensed, other than for legitimate medical purposes and not in the usual course of professional practice, quantities of Hydrocodone and Codeine, Schedule III Controlled Substances, and Diazepam, Alprazolam, Lorazepam, Zolpidem, and Phentermine, Schedule IV Controlled Substances.
MAYNARD, Paul V, MDCharlotte AmalieVI09-18-200302-15-2007Jury ConvictionDistributing and Dispensing Schedule II and III Controlled SubstancesMaynard was sentenced to seven months incarceration to be followed by three years of supervised release. In addition, Maynard was ordered to forfeit his medical office. Expired 01-31-2008According to court documents, Paul Maynard, MD, of Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, was convicted on four counts Distributing and Dispensing Schedule II and III Controlled Substances (namely: Percocet, Percodan, and Vicodin ES) without a legitimate medical purpose and beyond the bounds of acceptable medical practice.
MAZUR, Richard A, MDPass ChristianMS07-07-200406-20-2005Pled GuiltyDispensing a Controlled Substance for an Unlawful PurposeMazur was sentenced to 27 months in prison followed by one year of supervised release and ordered to pay an assessment of $100. Surrendered 07-07-2004Accoring to court documents, Richard R. Mazur, MD, age 52, of Pass Christian, MS, pled guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of dispensing a Controlled Substance for an unlawful purpose.
MCARTHUR III, William F, MDJesupGA11-15-200601-16-2008Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances; Money Laundering ConspiracyMcArthur was sentenced to prison for a term of 30 months followed by supervised release for two years, and ordered to pay a special assessment of $200.Surrendered 09-12-2006According to court documents, William Frank McArthur III, MD, age 40, of Jesup, GA, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas - Dallas Division, to one count of conspiracy to distribute Controlled Substances and one count of conspiracy to launder money. McArthur operated a call center to “approve” drug orders and conduct “consultations” with Internet customers who had completed an online questionnaire explaining the customers’ need for the controlled substances they were ordering. McArthur knowingly and intentionally combined, conspired, confederated and agreed with others to distribute Hydrocodone (Schedule III), Phentermine (Schedule IV), and Alprazolam (Schedule IV) outside the scope of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose. When approving the online drug orders, McArthur did not physically examine or observe any Internet customer or verify any personal or medical information provided by the customer. McArthur also pled guilty to having knowingly and intentionally combined, conspired, confederated and agreed with others to attempt to conduct, conduct, and cause to be conducted, financial transactions affecting interstate commerce, that is, the wire transfer of funds totaling $1,136,150, with the intent to promote an unlawful activity, and knowing that the funds represented proceeds derived from the unlawful activity, that is, the distribution of controlled pharmaceuticals outside the scope of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose.
MCCANDLESS, Jeremy R, MDBountifulUT08-10-200903-23-2011Pled GuiltyUnlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance (Oxycodone)McCandless was sentenced to 18 months incarceration, followed by 36 months of supervised release. Surrendered 08-12-2009According to court documents, Jeremy McCandless, MD, of Bountiful, UT, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, District of Utah, to two counts of Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance (Oxycodone). Between December 29, 2008 and March 20, 2009, Jeremy McCandless unlawfully distributed Oxycodone, a Schedule II Controlled Substance, after he had voluntarily surrendered his medical license in September, 2008 and was no longer legally authorized to prescribe controlled substances. McCandless wrote prescriptions and distributed approximately 84,000 milligrams of Oxycodone during this period and did so outside the usual course of professional medical practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose.
MCDEVITT, Brian J, MDVarneyWV01-20-201006-29-2010Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Misuse Registration Number; Engaging in Monetary Transaction in Property Derived from Specified Unlawful ActivityMcDevitt was sentenced to one year and one day incarceration, followed by three years supervised release. McDevitt was also ordered to pay a fine of $60,000 and forfeit $138,731. Surrendered 09-04-2009According to court documents, Brian McDevitt, MD, of Varney, WV, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, to one count of Conspiracy to Misuse Registration Number and one count of Engaging in Monetary Transaction in Property Derived from Specified Unlawful Activity. Between on or about January, 2005 and the summer of 2009, Brian McDevitt operated three medical clinics in West Virginia. During this time, McDevitt conspired with four of his employees at these clinic locations that they would use his DEA registration number to dispense quantities of Phentermine, a Schedule IV Controlled Substance. None of these employees had the medical training or legal authorities to dispense Phentermine. On at least 812 occasions, McDevitt’s employees dispensed approximately 24,000 dosage units of phentermine outside the scope of professional practice .
MCELWEE, Tandy, MDBossier CityLA09-25-200810-02-2009Jury ConvictionConspiracy to Obtain Controlled Substance by Fraud; Obtain or Acquire a Controlled Substance by Fraud; Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Hydrocodone; Possession with Intent to Distribute Hydrocodone; Providing False Information in Record and Healthcare FraudMcElwee was sentenced to 60 months incarceration, to be followed by 3 years supervised release. McElwee was fined $550,000.00; ordered to pay $235.41 in restitution; and ordered to forfeit his medical license.Surrendered 08-30-2007According to court documents, Tandy McElwee, Jr., MD, of Bossier City, LA, was found guilty by a U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana jury of the following: one count Conspiracy to Obtain Controlled Substance by Fraud; 19 counts Obtain or Acquire a Controlled Substance by Fraud; one count Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Hydrocodone; nine counts Possession with Intent to Distribute Hydrocodone; and one count Providing False Information in Record and one count Health Care Fraud. McElwee, with co-defendants, submitted improper prescriptions for Controlled Substances to pharmacies in the Shreveport-Bossier City area in one another’s names, as well as the names of family members and false names. The defendants would then pick up the improper prescriptions Controlled Substances for each other, signing the signature logs at various pharmacies and deliver the Controlled Substances to each other.
MCGRAIL, Carolyn, MDFort Walton BeachFL08-24-200910-21-2009Pled GuiltyHealth Care Fraud; Unlawful Dispensing of a Schedule III Controlled SubstanceMcGrail was sentenced to 5 months incarceration, followed by 3 years supervised release. McGrail was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and $8.17 in restitution. Surrendered 11-10-2009According to court documents, Carolyn McGrail, MD, of Fort Walton Beach, FL, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida, to one count Health Care Fraud and one count Unlawful Dispensing of a Schedule III Controlled Substance. McGrail prescribed Schedule III Controlled Substance, Hydrocodone, to her husband without determining a sufficient medical necessity for the prescription and outside the course of usual professional practice, never treating him as a patient and never maintaining a patient file for him.
MCINTOSH-FULMORE, Margaret, MDCharlotteNC05-15-200808-04-2009Pled GuiltyDistribution of a Controlled SubstanceMcIntosh-Fulmore was sentenced to 3 years probation with home confinement for a period of 12 months and ordered to pay a special assessment of $100.Probation 07-31-2009According to court documents, Margaret McIntosh-Fulmore, age 54, of Charlotte, NC, pled guilty in the Middle District of Florida (Orlando Division) to one count of distribution of a Controlled Substance. McIntosh-Fulmore knowingly and intentionally distributed and dispensed Schedule III and Schedule IV Controlled Substances other than for a legitimate medical purpose and not in the usual course of professional practice. As a doctor recruited by Jive Network, an organization that used the Internet to unlawfully distribute and dispense prescription drugs to customers, McIntosh-Fulmore reviewed health questionnaire answers provided by customers over the Internet or telephone and approved customer orders for controlled pharmaceuticals solely on the basis of those answers.
MCIVER, Ronald A, DOHodgesSC08-26-200409-19-2005Jury ConvictionDistribution and Dispensing of Controlled Substances Outside the Usual Course of Medical PracticeMcIver was sentenced to 360 months in prison, to be followed by five years supervised release, and ordered to pay a $900.00 special assessment.Surrendered 04-12-2004According to court documents, Ronald A. McIver, DO, age 64, of Hodges, SC, was found guilty in federal court on nine counts of distribution and dispensing of Controlled Substances outside the usual course of medical practice. On three of the nine counts, McIver was found guilty of distribution of Controlled Substances resulting in death or serious bodily injury.
MCKINNEY, Laurence T, MDPhiladelphiaPA04-08-200903-30-2010Jury ConvictionDistribution of Controlled Substances; Aiding and Abetting; Maintaining a Place for the Illegal Distribution of Controlled SubstancesMcKinney was sentenced to 87 months incarceration, followed by 36 months supervised release. McKinney was also ordered to pay a monetary penalty of $5,500.00 and, during his supervised release, refrain from all gambling activities and attend Gamblers Anonymous or similar treatment.Revoked 10-03-2008According to court documents, Laurence McKinney, MD, of Philadelphia, PA, was found guilty by a federal jury in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, on 30 counts of Distribution of Controlled Substances, Aiding and Abetting; and one count of Maintaining a place for the Illegal Distribution of Controlled Substances. Beginning in approximately July, 2007 and continuing through January, 2008, McKinney sold prescriptions for Percocet, a Schedule II Controlled Substance containing Oxycodone, and Xanax, a Schedule III Controlled Substance. McKinney, who was trained and originally practiced in obstetrics and gynecology, operated the McKinney Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA. Although the McKinney Medical Center purported to be a medical clinic, specializing in physical therapy and rehabilitative services, from at least July, 2007 through February, 2008, it was in actuality a prescription “pill mill,” in which so-called patients (“customers”) could, for a fee, obtain prescriptions for controlled and non-controlled prescription drugs, without there being a legitimate medical purpose for these prescriptions.
MCNEIL, Apryl M, MDNew YorkNY07-28-200504-21-2006Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Distribute Schedule III and IV Controlled Substances and Conspiracy to Launder MoneyMcNeil was sentenced to 20 months in prison, two years supervised release, and ordered to forfeit $26,960.00.Surrendered 05-02-2006According to court documents, Apryl Mamzette McNeil, MD, age 44, of New York City, NY, pled guilty in federal court to one count of conspiracy to distribute Schedule III and IV Controlled Substances and one count of conspiracy to launder money. Between November 2003 and May 2004, McNeil authorized at least 220,090 dosage units of Schedule III Controlled Substances and 15, 510 dosage units of Schedule IV Controlled Substances via the internet. Said prescriptions were not issued for a legitimate medical purpose and not in the usual course of a practitioner’s professional practice.
MEHTA, Pravin, MDNiagara FallsNY01-27-201101-25-2016Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute and Distribution of Oxycodone and Other Controlled SubstancesMehta was sentenced to two years incarceration followed by two years of supervised release. Mehta also forfeited real property used to facilitate the offense and $125,000 in proceeds from unlawful prescribing of Controlled Substances. He was ordered to pay a fine of $500,000.Surrendered 03-14-2011According to court documents, beginning in or about December, 2007, and continuing through in or about January, 2011, Mehta was the sole physician operating his medical practice in Niagara Falls, NY. During this period, Mehta knowingly and intentionally conspired with others to distribute and did distribute large quantities of Oxycodone, Oxymorphone, and Fentanyl - Schedule II Controlled Substances, and Hydrocodone, a Schedule III Controlled Substance. without regard to medical necessity and not in the usual course of professional practice. Mehta wrote prescriptions to “patients” without performing any medical examinations or only cursory examinations. Mehta also signed blank prescriptions for members of his office staff to complete and provide to “patients” in his absence.
MERCADO-FRANCIS, Jose, MDEastpointMI01-10-200801-10-2008Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Distribute and Dispense Phentermine; Conspiracy to Commit Money LaunderingMercado-Francis was sentenced to 11 months incarceration, followed by 36 months supervised release. Mercado-Francis was also ordered to forfeit $37, 083.80 and medical licenses issued to him in Michigan, Puerto Rico, and any other U.S. jurisdiction. Retired 09-21-2010According to court documents, Jose Mercado-Francis, of Eastpoint, MI, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, to one count of Conspiracy to Distribute Phentermine, a Schedule IV Controlled Substance; and to one count of Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering. From on or about September, 2004 to July, 2005, Mercado-Francis contracted with a corporation that operated an internet website to prescribe medications for internet customers including Phentermine, a Schedule IV Controlled Substance. To obtain their prescriptions, customers selected via the website what drugs and in what strengths they wanted. Customers then completed an online questionnaire describing their personal and medical histories. During the course of the conspiracy, Mercado-Francis authorized more than 12,000 illicit prescriptions without examining or speaking with any of the internet customers.
MERRILL, Thomas, DOApalachicolaFL08-09-200507-10-2006Jury ConvictionUnlawful Dispensing of Controlled Substances Resulting in Death; FraudMerrill was sentenced to life imprisonment on the charges that his actions resulted in death. He was also sentenced to concurrent twenty, ten, and five year terms of imprisonment on the remaining 92 counts.Surrendered 05-07-2004According to court documents, Thomas G. Merrill, MD, age 72, of Apalachicola, FL, was found guilty by a federal jury on eighteen counts of wire fraud; five counts of defrauding health care benefit programs, including two counts that charged that death resulted from the violation; and 75 counts of dispensing or distributing Controlled Substances including Oxycodone, Morphine, Hydrocodone, Fentanyl, Alprazolam, and Diazepam, including four counts that charged that death resulted from the use of the drugs. Between January 2000 and May of 2004, Merrill wrote prescriptions for Controlled Substances without conducting any physical examination and without determining a sufficient medical necessity for the prescription of Controlled Substances. Merrill directed patients to have their prescriptions filled at specific pharmacies and warned them against filling their prescriptions at pharmacies that would ask too many questions about the quantity and combination of Controlled Substances prescribed. Merrill was convicted for prescribing Controlled Substances to abusers and addicts outside the course of standard medical practice. The trial jury found that Merrill’s actions resulted in the deaths of five of his patients. The evidence at trial revealed that Merrill, a licensed osteopathic physician, prescribed excessive and inappropriate quantities and combinations of Controlled Substances to patients and failed to monitor their use and abuse of the prescribed controlled substances.
METZGER, Michael E, MDBillingsMT12-17-200804-29-2009Pled GuiltyPrescription FraudMetzger was sentenced to probation for a term of three years and ordered to pay a special assessment of $100 and a fine of $5,000. Metzger was also ordered to complete substance abuse and mental health treatment programs. Surrendered 10-03-2008According to court documents, Michael E. Metzger, MD, of Billings, MT, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, District of Montana, to one count of knowingly and intentionally obtaining Oxycodone, a Schedule II narcotic, and Provigil, a Schedule IV stimulant, by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception, and subterfuge.
MILLETTE, Michael J, MDCrystal LakeIL07-14-200601-11-2007Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances without Legitimate Medical Purpose; Conspiracy to Launder MoneyMillette was sentenced to forty-one (41) months imprisonment followed by two (2) years supervised release. Millette was also ordered to forfeit $1.6 million.Revoked 05-02-2005According to court documents, Michael J. Millette, MD, age 46, of Crystal Lake, IL, pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute Schedule III and IV Controlled Substances and conspiracy to launder money. Millette obtained $1.6 million in drug proceeds from authorizing at least 61,202,400 dosage units of Schedule III Controlled Substances and at least 1,446,810 dosage units of Schedule IV Controlled Substances via the internet. Said prescriptions were not issued for a legitimate medical purpose and not in the usual course of a practitioner’s professional practice.
MINAS, Michael, MDEagleID06-12-201405-05-2016Pled GuiltyDistribution of OxycodoneMinas was sentenced to eight years incarceration on September 8, 2016, followed by five years of supervised release. Minas was also ordered to pay an assessment of $8,000 and a fine of $80,000. Surrendered 06-12-2014According to court documents, Michael Minas, MD, of Eagle, ID, was found guilty by a federal jury on May 5, 2016 in the District of Idaho on 80 counts of Distribution of Oxycodone, a Schedule II Controlled Substance. Minas operated a general practice medical clinic in Eagle, ID. Between January, 2013 and June, 2014, Minas knowingly and intentionally wrote prescriptions for Oxycodone, a Schedule II Controlled Substance without a legitimate medical purpose and outside the usual course of professional practice. Minas wrote these prescriptions with minimal if any medical evaluations, treatment plans, or consultation with appropriate treatment specialists. On a number of occasions, Minas wrote prescriptions for additional controlled substances with increased risks of severe drug interactions, including Methadone, Fentanyl, Hydromorphone, Clonazepam, Diazepam, and Carisoprodol.
MIRZA, Sarfraz A, MDMelbourneFL06-26-200702-19-2008Pled GuiltyTrafficking in OxycodoneMirza was sentenced to community control for two years followed by state probation for a term of five years and ordered to pay $321.Retired 11-30-2004According to court documents, Sarfraz Ahmed Mirza, MD, of Melbourne, FL, pled guilty in Brevard County court to one count of trafficking in Oxycodone (14 to 28 grams).
MOLMENTI, Luis A, MDPlymouthMA02-28-200504-21-2005Pled GuiltyHealthcare FraudMolmenti was sentenced to 24 months probation. He was also ordered to pay $1,877.15 in restitution to the Maryland Health Insurance Partnership, perform 100 hours of community service and pay a $100.00 special assessment fee.Surrendered 07-05-2005According to court documents, Luis A. Molmenti, MD, age 41, of Plymouth, MA, pled guilty to one count of health care fraud. From February, 2003 to August, 2004, Molmenti wrote prescriptions for OxyContin in the name of other individuals, who filled the prescriptions and mailed the drugs back to him for his personal use.
MORGAN, Breton L, MDPoint PleasantWV09-12-200603-12-2007Pled GuiltyObtaining a Schedule III Controlled Substance by FraudMorgan was sentenced to 30 days in prison followed by three months supervised home detention and fined $5,000.Surrendered 04-07-2006According to court documents, Breton Lee Morgan, MD, age 46, of Point Pleasant, WV, pled guilty in federal court to one count of obtaining a Schedule III Controlled Substance by fraud. Morgan knowingly and intentionally acquired and obtained possession of a quantity of Hydrocodone, a Schedule III Controlled Substance, from a pharmaceutical company by misrepresentation, fraud, deception and subterfuge.
MORGAN, Richard A, DOOceansideNY05-14-200703-19-2009Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Distribute and to Possess with Intent to Distribute OxycodoneMorgan was sentenced to 168 months (14 years) incarceration, followed by three years supervised release.Retired 06-30-2007According to court documents, Richard A. Morgan, DO, age 37, of Oceanside, NY, pled guilty in the Eastern District of New York to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute Oxycodone. Morgan, along with other defendants, did knowingly and intentionally conspire to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a Controlled Substance, Oxycodone.
MOSS, Joe P, MDFranklinTN12-22-200404-13-2007Pled GuiltyHealthcare Fraud; Possession of Weapons and Ammunition by a Convicted FelonMoss was sentenced to 18 months incarceration followed by three years of supervised probation and ordered to pay $13,796.10 in restitution.Surrendered 02-23-2001According to court documents, Joe P. Moss, MD, age 64, of Franklin, TN pled guilty in federal court to health care fraud and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon. On June 16, 2005, Moss, who was a licensed physician in Williamson County, was placed on five years probation by the U.S. District Court in the Middle District of Tennessee following his pleas of guilty to obtaining Controlled Substances by fraud and submitting false and fraudulent dispensing records to the Drug Enforcement Administration. Both charges were felonies. While on probation, Moss was prohibited from possessing firearms or other dangerous weapons. Because of his felony convictions, Moss’s medical license was suspended by the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners. Moss was also excluded from participating in Medicare and Medicaid and could not bill Medicare or Medicaid for patients he treated, nor could he cause claims to be submitted for a medical practice he owned, operated, or administered. During a home visit to Moss by the U.S. Probation Office, it was discovered that Moss was in possession of numerous dangerous weapons and ammunition. It was also later established that Moss saw and treated patients at his medical offices in Franklin, TN. Moss documented his treatment of patients in some of the patient charts, sometimes forging the initials of another physician as the treating physician. Moss also caused prescriptions to be filled and refilled for patients he had treated. Some of the patients Moss treated were covered by Medicare and/or Medicaid. Moss caused claims to be submitted to Medicare and/or Medicaid for services rendered by a physician’s assistant and nurse practitioner who treated patients at Moss’s medical practice.
MUKHERJEE, Mukunda D, MDFlintMI06-29-200402-03-2006Jury ConvictionUnlawful Distribution of a Controlled SubstanceMukherjee was sentenced to a total of 328 years imprisonment and was ordered to forfeit approximately $170,000 in assets.Expired 01-31-2006According to the court documents, Mukunda Mukherjee, MD, age 64, of Flint, MI, was convicted on February 3, 2006 by a federal jury on 44 counts of unlawful distribution of Schedule II and Schedule III Controlled Substances. From April, 2001 to June, 2004, Mukherjee wrote numerous prescriptions without a legitimate medical purpose. The trial judge described Mukherjee's office as "effectively a prescription mill with addicts coming from out-of-state to get prescriptions."
MULTANI, Sukhwinder S, MDDecaturIL09-23-201512-11-2017Pled GuiltyDistribution of a Controlled SubstanceMultani was sentenced to 14 months incarceration, followed by three years of supervised release. During his supervised release, Multani is prohibited from obtaining employment within the medical field and distributing or administering any Controlled Substances.Surrendered 09-18-2014According to court documents, between on or about April, 2014 and continuing until on or about August, 2014, Multani knowingly and intentionally distributed and dispensed Hydrocodone, a Schedule III Controlled Substance, outside the course of professional medical practice and not for legitimate medical purpose. Multani owned and operated a medical practice named Universal Walk-in Medical Care, which he opened September, 2012 and was the sole employee. During this time period, Multani wrote Hydrocodone prescriptions based primarily on brief conversations with his patients and without the benefit of in-depth physical examinations or use of diagnostic medical equipment.
MYERS, Michael F, MDGreenvilleSC12-28-200605-23-2007Jury ConvictionConspiracy to Distribute and Distribution of Schedule I, III, and IV Controlled SubstancesMyers was sentenced to 78 months in federal prison, followed by supervised release for a term of three years, and ordered to pay an assessment of $3,000.Retired 07-03-2007According to court documents, Michael F. Myers, MD, of Greenville, SC, was found guilty by a federal jury on 30 felony counts. These included one count of conspiracy to knowingly, intentionally, and unlawfully possess with intent to distribute, and distribution of, Marijuana, a Schedule I Controlled Substance; one count of maintaining a place for the purpose of distributing and using Marijuana; 25 counts of distributing and dispensing Schedule III Controlled Pharmaceuticals; and three counts of distributing and dispensing a Schedule IV Controlled Pharmaceutical.
MYERS, Sanford K, MDKnoxvilleTN12-19-200611-24-2008Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute a Schedule II Controlled SubstanceMyers was sentenced to 156 months in federal prison, followed by supervised release for a term of three years, and ordered to pay a special assessment of $100.Surrendered 12-28-2006According to court documents, Sanford K. Myers, MD, age 54, of Knoxville, TN, pled guilty in federal court to one count of knowingly, intentionally, and without authority conspiring to possess with intent to distribute OxyContin, a Schedule II Controlled Substance. Myers was an organizer or leader of a criminal activity involving five or more people that resulted in illegal prescriptions totaling over 30,000 80mg OxyContin pills. Myers would write prescriptions in the names of several individuals with whom he did not have a doctor-patient relationship and for whom none of the prescriptions were medically necessary. The prescriptions would be filled and the OxyContin tablets sold illegally. In return for writing the prescriptions, Myers received money and cocaine.
NARAMORE, Stanley L, DOCincinnatiOH07-29-200807-29-2008Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Distribute Methadone; Criminal ForfeitureNaramore was sentenced to 48 months incarceration and ordered to forfeit $100,000, followed by 3 years of supervised release. During his supervised release, Naramore was also ordered to participate in substance abuse and mental health treatment programs. Surrendered 07-30-2008According to court documents, Stanley Naramore, DO, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky, to one count Conspiracy to Distribute Methadone and one count Criminal Forfeiture. Naramore conspired with several people to open a clinic in the Cincinnati area, charging patients $400 in cash for each visit to prescribe Methadone and Percocet, even though these medications were not medically necessary or appropriate for many of his patients. Naramore prescribed Methadone to patients without legitimate medical purpose and outside the usual course of medical practice. Although Naramore’s clinic was in Cincinnati, his patients consisted primarily of individuals traveling to Cincinnati from locations in Eastern Kentucky over 200 miles away. Naramore was aware that there was a high probability that some of the Methadone he was prescribing was being illegally distributed by some of his patients.
NIGALAN, Manuel B, MDNorthfieldNJ06-16-200905-04-2010Pled GuiltyDistribution of OxycodoneNigalan was sentenced to three years incarceration, followed by two years supervised release. During his supervised release, Nigalan was ordered to undergo mental health treatment and prohibited from practicing medicine in any capacity in any state or territory of the United States. Nigalan was fined $10,000 and ordered to forfeit $613,000. Surrendered 07-20-2009According to court documents, Manuel Nigalan, MD, of Northfield, NJ, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, to one count Distribution of Oxycodone. Between April 30, 2008 to on or about August 1, 2008, Nigalan knowingly and intentionally distributed Oxycodone without a legitimate medical purpose and outside the usual course of professional practice.
NYAMEKYE, Absylom K, MDNew YorkNY07-28-200504-21-2006Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Distribute Schedule III and IV Controlled Substances; Conspiracy to Launder MoneyNyamekye was sentenced to 20 months in prison, two years supervised release, and ordered to forfeit $36,286.00.Surrendered 05-02-2006According to court documents, Absylom Kwabena Nyamekye, MD, age 39, of New York, New York, pled guilty in federal court to one count of conspiracy to distribute Schedule III and IV Controlled Substances and one count of conspiracy to launder money. Between November 2003 and March 2004, Nyamekye authorized at least 357,330 dosage units of Schedule III Controlled Substances and 17,250 dosage units of Schedule IV Controlled Substances via the internet. Said prescriptions were not issued for a legitimate medical purpose and not in the usual course of a practitioner’s professional practice.
ODEGAARD, Barry N, MDHonoluluHI04-03-200610-10-2008Jury ConvictionIllegal Distribution of OxycodoneOdegaard was sentenced to federal prison for a term of five years followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a special assessment of $500 and a fine of $12,500.Surrendered 04-12-2006According to court documents, Barry N. Odegaard, MD, age 56, of Honolulu, HI, was found guilty in U.S. District Court, District of Hawaii, on five counts of illegal distribution of Oxycodone, a Schedule II Controlled Substance. On five occasions from August 2004 to December 2004, Odegaard knowingly and intentionally distributed and dispensed Oxycodone outside the course of professional medical practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose.
ODOM, Shepherd A, MDMontgomeryAL12-08-201705-17-2018Pled GuiltyDistribution of a Controlled Substance; Conspiracy to Commit Money LaunderingOdom was sentenced to five years probation and fined $750,000. During this probation term, Odom was ordered to not in any way practice medicine, consult in a practice of medicine, own a practice of medicine, or attempt to have his medical license reinstated.Surrendered 12-22-2017According to court documents, on or about August 16, 2014, Odom was a partner in a medical practice located in Montgomery, AL . Although Odom’s practice purported to be a family medical practice, the practice actually operated as a “pill-mill” for non-medical reasons. During this time period, Odom knowingly and intentionally wrote prescriptions for and dispensed Fentanyl, a Schedule II Controlled Substance, outside the usual course of professional medical practice and for no legitimate medical purpose. Beginning on an unknown date and continuing until on or about August, 2017, Odom conspired with others to launder the proceeds derived from his unlawful distribution. During the course of the conspiracy, Odom received or expected to receive approximately $77,000 in laundered funds.
OLDS, Kenneth, MDGreeleyCO06-06-200803-30-2010Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Dispense and Distribute Anabolic Steroids, Schedule III Controlled SubstancesOlds was sentenced to probation for a term of three years and ordered to forfeit $17,400.00. Surrendered 11-13-2008According to court documents, Kenneth Olds, MD, of Greeley, CO, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama, to one count Conspiracy to Dispense and Distribute Anabolic Steroids, Schedule III Controlled Substances. From on or about January, 2005, to on or about August, 2006, Kenneth Olds conspired with several persons, including two other doctors, to illegally dispense and distribute Anabolic Steroids, which are Schedule III Controlled Substances, Human Growth Hormone, and other drugs outside the usual course of medical practice. Olds conspired with owners and pharmacists of Applied Pharmacy Services, a compounding pharmacy in Mobile, AL, and the owner of Infinite Health, a company that specialized in providing anabolic steroids, Human Growth Hormone, and other drugs to customers recruited from gyms, health centers, sports clubs, and spas in and around Eaton, CO. During the conspiracy, the owner of Infinite Health, who was not a physician, would determine what combination, or “stack,” of Anabolic Steroids and other drugs, including Trenbolone, a bovine/equine steroid not approved for human use, were appropriate for his customers and provide those prescriptions to Olds, who would sign the prescription after seeing the Infinite Health customer.
OPSAHL, Jon S, MDColtonCA03-17-200611-05-2007Pled GuiltyMisbranding DrugsOpsahl was ordered to forfeit $100,000.Surrendered 03-18-2005According to court documents, Jon S. Opsahl, MD, age 47, of Colton, CA, pled guilty in federal court to one count of misbranding drugs. Opsahl did unlawfully, knowingly, and intentionally misbrand a drug which involved a quantity of Hydrocodone, a Schedule III Controlled Substance, in interstate commerce by issuing a prescription without having complied with the requisites for issuing a prescription in the State of Texas.
ORTA-ROSARIO, Porfirio, MDOshkoshWI07-20-200708-20-2009Jury ConvictionConspiracy to Distribute Schedule III and IV Controlled Substances; Distribution of Schedule III and IV Controlled Substances and AbettingOrta-Rosario was sentenced to five years incarceration, followed by two years of supervised release. Orta-Rosario was also ordered to forfeit $200,000.Surrendered 05-26-2006According to court documents, Porfirio Orta-Rosario, of Oshkosh, WI, was found guilty by a federal jury in U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina, on one count of Conspiracy to Distribute Schedule III and IV Controlled Substances and 51 counts of Distribution of Schedule III and IV Controlled Substances and Abetting. According to court documents, between on or about August, 2002 and May, 2006, Orta-Rosario was the managing physician for an internet pharmacy that used the website youronlinedoctor.com. As managing physician for youronlinedoctor.com, Orta-Rosario allowed his signature to be photocopied and used on blank prescription forms that were filled out by non-medical employees for customers who contacted youronlinedoctor.com and filled out online questionnaires. Orta-Rosario never examined any customers of youronlinedoctor.com and rarely spoke by telephone with any customers. During the conspiracy, youronlinedoctor.com filled and mailed drug orders with two pharmacies that participated in the conspiracy, Woody Pharmacy - Mooresville, NC and Woody Pharmacy - Denver, NC. These two pharmacies together distributed approximately 100,000 drug orders. comprising approximately ten million dosage units of Hydrocodone, in addition to several other Controlled substances, including Alprazolam, Diazepam, and Clonazepam, under the authority of Orta-Rosario.
ORTENZIO, Louis, MDBlacksvilleWV10-04-200503-24-2006Pled GuiltyHealthcare Fraud; Obtaining a Controlled Substance by FraudOrtenzio was sentenced to five years probation, the first six months to be served on home detention. He was also ordered to perform 1,000 hours of community service, and pay restitution in the amount of $213,680.24 to Medicaid and Medicare.Surrendered 10-06-2005According to court documents, Louis Ortenzio, MD, age 53, of Blacksville, WV, pled guilty to one count of healthcare fraud and one count of obtaining a Controlled Substance by fraud. Ortenzio submitted claims for services that were not rendered, and prepared a prescription in the name of another individual for Hydrocodone, a Schedule III Controlled Substance, to obtain the drugs for his own use.
OWENS, Guy, MDNew BritainCT05-01-200304-18-2005Pled GuiltyIllegal Prescription / Distribution of a Narcotic; Sexual AssaultOwens received a three year suspended prison sentence and three years probation. Surrendered 04-02-2003According to court documents, Guy Owens, MD, age 79, of New Britain, CT, pled guilty in the State of Connecticut Superior Court to two counts of illegal prescription / distribution of a narcotic and one count of sexual assault. A female patient had been receiving prescriptions for Controlled Substances from Owens for several years and had become addicted to them. In recent visits, Owens had demanded sexual contact or he would not continue to write her prescriptions. Over a three-month period, the patient had not paid Owens but instead had unwillingly participated in sexual acts with him in return for the prescriptions.
O’BRIEN, Paul J, DOCrawfordsvilleIN02-03-200905-28-2009Pled GuiltyAcquisition of Controlled Substance by FraudO’Brien was sentenced to imprisonment for a period of one year, with all but one day suspended, followed by one year supervised probation. He was ordered 75 hours community service and fined $100.Retired 04-25-2007According to court documents, Paul John O’Brien, DO, age 51, of Crawfordsville, IN, pled guilty in the Montgomery Superior Court to one count of Acquisition of Controlled Substance by Fraud. O’Brien knowingly acquired possession of a Controlled Substance (120 Hydrocodone tablets), by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception, concealment of a material fact, or use of a false name or false address.
PAGALILAUAN, Manuel, MDBensalemPA04-05-200706-24-2008Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Distribute and Distribution of Controlled SubstancesPagalilauan was sentenced to prison for a term of nine months followed by supervised release for two years, and ordered to pay a special assessment of $300 and a fine of $1,500.Out of Business 10-31-2006According to court documents, Manuel Pagalilauan, MD, age 64, of Bensalem, PA, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, to one count of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and two counts of distribution of controlled substances. Pagalilauan assisted in the operation of the Family Medical Center (“FMC”) in Philadelphia, PA. Although it purported to be a medical clinic, FMC was in actuality a “pill mill” at which so-called patients (“customers”) could, for a fee, obtain medical prescriptions for Schedule III, IV, and V Controlled Substances without there being any medical necessity for these prescriptions. Pagalilauan allowed customers to obtain prescriptions under multiple false names as long as the customer initially provided some sort of identification in each false name so that FMC could establish a “patient file.” Customers of FMC normally received no physical examination or any other medical care or treatment.
PARRIS, Lawrence L, MDBothellWA05-28-200808-27-2008Pled GuiltyUnlawful Possession of a Controlled SubstanceParris was sentenced to probation for a term of two years and ordered to pay a special assessment of $25 and a fine of $10,000.Surrendered 05-27-2008According to court documents, Lawrence L. Parris, MD, age 58, of Bothell, WA, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, to one count of unlawful possession of a Controlled Substance. Parris unlawfully removed from a clinic where he worked and possessed for his own personal use, quantities of Meperidine, a Schedule II Controlled Substance, in the form of injectible Demerol, which he then consumed. The drugs were not possessed by Parris pursuant to a lawful prescription. Parris hid his actions by making false entries in patient records indicating that the drugs had been administered to patients, whereas, in fact, they had been diverted to his own personal use.
PARSA, Bruce N, MDKansas CityKS05-02-200310-20-2003Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Distribute or Dispense Schedule II Controlled Substances; Use of an Invalid RegistrationParsa was sentenced to 60 months in prison followed by three years supervised released and ordered to pay an assessment of $500.Surrendered 11-02-2001According to court documents, Bruce N. Parsa, DO, age 40, of Kansas City, KS, pled guilty in United States District Court to one count of conspiracy to distribute or dispense Schedule II Controlled Substances and four counts of knowingly and intentionally using a registration number that was revoked, suspended and expired. Parsa unlawfully, knowingly and intentionally combined, conspired, confederated and agreed together and with others to distribute and dispense Dexedrine, Adderall, Dextrostat, OxyContin and Oxycodone outside the scope of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose.
PASCAL, Harold J, MDEast StroudsburgPA12-18-200602-01-2008Pled No ContestPrescribing and Delivering Controlled Substances Outside the Scope of Treatment; Delivery by Practitioners Schedule I and II; Medicaid Fraud and AbusePascal was sentenced to a term of imprisonment of not less than 6 months and no more than 18 months. He was also ordered to pay a fine of $15,000 and complete 75 hours of community service.Surrendered 12-19-2006According to court documents, Harold Pascal, MD, age 73, of East Stroudsburg, PA, pled no contest to one count of prescribing and delivering Controlled Substances outside the scope of treatment; one count delivery by practitioners Schedule I and II; and Medicaid fraud and abuse.
PEARLSTEIN, Steven, MDCoral SpringsFL09-07-201102-10-2014Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Distribute Oxycodone; Conspiracy to Distribute Anabolic Steroid; Conspiracy to Unlawfully Distribute Human Growth HormonePearlstein was sentenced to 12 months and a day incarceration, followed by one year of supervised release. Pearlstein was also ordered to permanently relinquish his medical license.Surrendered 09-04-2011According to court documents, Pearlstein was a medical doctor licensed to practice medicine in Florida. Between August 2007 and March 2009 and from July 2010 to July 2011, Pearlstein, while employed by Infinity Medical and Rehab (Infinity), supplied blank, pre-signed prescription pads to the owner of Infinity, who, in turn, used these blank prescription pads to create drug orders of steroids, Human Growth Hormone (HGH), and other prescription drugs for Infinity customers. During this same time period, Pearlstein approved customer drug orders by giving the appearance that the drugs were prescribed by a treating physician for legitimate medical purpose, despite not having established a valid physician-patient relationship. Between May 2007 and June 2011, Pearlstein knowingly and intentionally conspired to distribute Oxycodone, a schedule II Controlled Substance, Anabolic Steroids, Schedule III Controlled Substances, and non-controlled prescription drugs including HGH without a legitimate medical purpose and outside the usual course of professional practice. Infinity, located in West Palm Beach, Florida, provided drugs for anti-aging, body building, athletic performance enhancement, and other purposes.
PELLMANN, Roger, MDGermantownWI01-14-201010-12-2010Jury ConvictionPossession with Intent to Distribute and Distribute Fentanyl; Obtaining Morphine Sulfate by Misrepresentation, Fraud or DeceptionPellmann was sentenced to four years incarceration, followed by three years of supervised release. Pellmann was also ordered to pay a fine of $2,000 and assessment of $1,600.Revoked 03-23-2011According to Court Documents, Roger Pellmann, MD, of Germantown, WI, was found guilty by a federal jury on October 12, 2010 in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, to ten counts of Possession with Intent to Distribute and Distribute Fentanyl, a Schedule II Controlled Substance; and six counts of Obtaining Morphine Sulphate, a Schedule II Controlled Substance, by Misrepresentation, Fraud or Deception. Between on or about July, 2009 and November, 2009, Pellmann operated a medical clinic in Germantown, WI under the name of Center for Medical Imaging and Vein and Laser Clinics. During this period, Pellmann knowingly and intentionally possessed with intent to distribute and did distribute Fentanyl, a Schedule II Controlled Substance, outside the scope of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose. Pellmann, during this same period, also obtained Morphine Sulfate, a Schedule II Controlled Substance, by Misrepresentation, Fraud or Deception.
PERRY III, John E, MDWoodlandsTX07-29-200911-15-2011Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Commit Healthcare FraudPerry was sentenced to 18 months incarceration on November 28, 2011, followed by 36 months of supervised release. The court ordered Perry to participate in a mental health treatment program, as deemed necessary and approved by the probation officer, during the period of supervised release and also ordered him to pay restitution in the amount of $2,490,085.00 to Medicare and $101,740.55 to Medicaid. Withdrawn 09-19-2011According to court documents, John E. Perry III, MD, of The Woodlands, TX, pled guilty on June 18, 2010, in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, to one count of Conspiracy to Commit Healthcare Fraud. Beginning in or around December, 2005 and continuing until July, 2009, Perry conspired to sign and did sign purported prescriptions for medically unnecessary Durable Medical Equipment on behalf of Sefan Health Care Services, located in Houston, Texas.
PERRY-THORNTON, Elena, MDDetroitMI09-28-200510-19-2006Pled GuiltyUnlawful Distribution of a Controlled SubstancePerry-Thornton was sentenced to federal prison for a term of 72 months followed by 24 months of supervised probation and ordered to pay an assessment of $100.00.Retired 01-19-2007According to court documents, Elena Perry-Thornton, MD, age 56, of Detroit, MI, pled guilty to selling a prescription for 100 tablets of 80mg OxyContin to an undercover patient without any significant medical examination, allowing the patient to choose the type of drug, the strength of the drug, and how many days would elapse before the patient purchased additional prescriptions. At times, Perry-Thornton operated her office out of her residence and out of a used car lot.
PETERS, Alonzo III, MDHoustonTX07-26-200601-22-2009Pled GuiltyMoney Laundering; Aiding and AbettingPeters was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison followed by a term of three years supervised release and ordered to pay a special assessment of $100 and a fine of $10,000.Retired 10-31-2007According to court documents, Alonzo Peters III, MD, age 56, of Houston, TX, pled guilty in U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas to one count of money laundering aiding and abetting. Peters knowingly conducted, and attempted to conduct, a financial transaction, specifically, the purchase of a 33.14 karat diamond with cashier’s checks including an $80,000 check purchased at the Beau Rivage Casino which involved the proceeds of a specified unlawful activity, that is, the illegal distribution of Controlled Substances, knowing that the transaction was designed to conceal and disguise the nature, source, location, ownership or control of the proceeds of that unlawful activity.
PETROVICH, John A, MDGranite CityIL07-25-200510-24-2005Pled GuiltyHealthcare FraudPetrovich was sentenced to five years probation. He was also ordered to pay a fine of $5,000 to the United States Government, a separate fine of $5,000 to the Illinois Medicaid Program, and a special assessment of $100.Surrendered 01-19-2006According to court documents, John Petrovich, MD, age 47, of Granite City, IL, wrote prescriptions for anti-anxiety and pain relief medications for individuals with whom he did not have a physician-patient relationship, knowing that the medicines were not medically necessary and that the individuals were using public aide to pay for the prescriptions.
PHUNG, Can D, MDNormanOK05-28-200807-09-2009Jury ConvictionDistribution of Controlled Substances; Healthcare Fraud; Obstruction of JusticePhung was sentenced to federal prison for a term of 109 months, followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a special assessment of $5,300, a fine of $10,000, and to make restitution in the amount of $4,612.63 to OHCA.Surrendered 01-15-2008According to court documents, Can D. Phung, MD, age 61, of Norman, OK, was found guilty by a federal jury in the Western District of Oklahoma on all fifty-three counts included in the indictment, i.e., fifty-one counts of knowingly and intentionally distributing and dispensing Controlled Substances outside the usual course of professional medical practice and without medical purpose; one count of healthcare fraud; and one count of obstruction of justice. Phung wrote prescriptions for Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, Alprazolam, Phentermine, and Methylphenidate, all Controlled pharmaceuticals, to individuals, some of whom he had never seen as patients, outside the usual course of professional medical practice and without medical purpose. Phung billed the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) for evaluation and management services for patients where he did not obtain an appropriate medical history or provide an appropriate examination of the patients. Phung also billed OHCA for office visits with patients he never saw. Following receipt of a subpoena for patient records and before providing those records to the government, Phung knowingly altered, destroyed, falsified, and made false entries in the patient records with the intent to impede, obstruct, and influence the investigation.
PICKENS, James E, MDBountifulUT05-15-200804-30-2009Jury ConvictionDistribution of a Controlled SubstancePickens was sentenced to a total term of 21 months in federal prison followed by 3 years supervised release and ordered to pay a special assessment of $100.Retired 04-25-2007According to court documents, James E. Pickens, MD, age 73, of Bountiful, UT, was found guilty by a federal jury in the Middle District of Florida (Orlando Division) on one count of distribution of a Controlled Substance. Pickens knowingly and intentionally distributed and dispensed Didrex, a Schedule III Controlled Substance, other than for a legitimate medical purpose and not in the usual course of professional practice. As a doctor recruited by Jive Network, an organization that used the Internet to unlawfully distribute and dispense prescription drugs to customers, Pickens reviewed health questionnaire answers provided by customers over the Internet or telephone and approved customer orders for controlled pharmaceuticals solely on the basis of those answers.
PIRIE, Lynne B, DOPhoenixAZ07-23-200810-14-2008Pled GuiltyDistribution of Human Growth HormonePirie was sentenced to probation for a term of 18 months and ordered to pay a special assessment of $100 and a fine of $250.Active 10-14-2008According to court documents, Lynne Bursey Pirie, DO, age 58, of Phoenix, AZ, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, to one count of distribution of Human Growth Hormone (HGH). On or about September 20, 2006, Pirie knowingly dispensed Somatropin (HGH) to a patient that did not have any disease or recognized medical condition that would have authorized Pirie to treat the patient by prescribing and/or administering HGH. Nevertheless, despite the absence of any medical history or diagnoses supported by laboratory and/or clinical findings that would support such a course of treatment, Pirie prescribed/administered Somatropin to this patient.
PONT, Jeffrey M, MDScottsdaleAZ08-04-200412-15-2004Pled GuiltySolicitation to Possess Narcotic DrugsPont was sentenced to two years probation and must also pay a fine in the amount of $2,160 and complete 200 hours of community service. Surrendered 04-29-2003According to court documents, Jeffrey Pont, MD, age 49, of Scottsdale, AZ, pled guilty in state court to one count of solicitation to possess narcotic drugs.
POULSHOCK, Andrew S, DOPhiladelphiaPA01-10-200510-13-2004Pled GuiltyCausing the Misbranding of DrugsPoulshock was sentenced to 36 months probation and ordered to pay a $30,000 fine.Active 10-13-2004According to court documents, Andrew Poulshock, DO, age 43, of Philadelphia, PA, was arrested after being sentenced in federal court in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on one count of causing the misbranding of drugs. Poulshock had previously pled guilty to this charge on October 13, 2004, but formal arrest proceedings were delayed until he was sentenced. Poulshock delivered thousands of non-controlled prescription drug samples to a pharmacist who, in turn, placed the drug samples into inventory and sold them to patients. The patient’s insurers reimbursed the pharmacist for the drug samples. Poulshock was paid approximately $50,000 by the pharmacist for the drug samples.
RAHMAN, Ronald, MDSicklervilleNJ06-11-200901-13-2012Pled GuiltyDistribution of Prescription DrugsRahman was sentenced to 25 months incarceration followed by 36 months supervised release. During his supervised release, Rahman was ordered to undergo mental health treatment. Rahman was also ordered to forfeit $2,350.Retired 06-10-2010According to Court documents, Ronald Rahman, MD, of Sicklerville, NJ, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, to one count Distribution of Prescription Drugs. On or about April 16, 2009, Rahman knowingly and intentionally distributed Oxycodone, a Schedule II Controlled Substance, without a legitimate medical purpose and outside the usual course of professional practice.
RAZA, Jamal, MDRestonVA01-13-201111-10-2011Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Hydrocodone; Conspiracy to Commit an Offense Against the United States - Deliver Tramadol and Sildenafil CitrateRaza was sentenced to 15 months incarceration, followed by 36 months of supervised release. Raza was also ordered to forfeit $500,000.00 obtained as illicit proceeds from the conspiracy.Retired 06-01-2010According to court documents, Jamal Raza, MD, of Reston, VA, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania, to one count of Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Hydrocodone; and one count of Conspiracy to Commit an Offense Against the United States, namely to Deliver Tramadol and Sildenafil Citrate. Between December, 2004 and November, 2009, Raza knowingly, intentionally, and unlawfully conspired with others to distribute Hydrocodone, a Schedule III Controlled Substance, without valid prescriptions outside the usual course of medical practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose. Raza also conspired to deliver and introduce into interstate commerce prescription drugs Tramadol, under the names “Neurocet” and “Neurofen,” and Sildenafil Citrate, under the name “Vaiet” which were misbranded drugs. These prescription drugs were dispensed without a valid prescription of a practitioner licensed by law to administer such drugs and the labeling of the drugs was false and misleading. Raza arranged sham doctor consultations through the internet and then dispensed the above drugs without lawful prescriptions.
REESE, Perry III, MDCaryNC04-14-200802-25-2009Jury ConvictionDistribution of Oxycodone; Interstate Travel / Transportation in Aid of a Racketeering EnterpriseReese was sentenced to 240 months incarceration, followed by 3 years supervised release. Surrendered 04-17-2003According to court documents, Perry Reese III, MD, of Cary, NC, was found guilty by a US U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina jury, to two counts Distribution of Oxycodone and one count Interstate Travel/Transportation in Aid of a Racketeering Enterprise (RICO). Drug users would come to Reese’s office and either ask the person at the front desk or Reese, himself, for prescriptions of Controlled Substances. The drug user would pay Reese cash for the prescriptions. Such prescriptions were outside the scope of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose.
REIMERS, Elizabeth, MDWinchesterTN10-30-200803-09-2011Pled GuiltyDispensing Controlled Substances Outside the Scope of Professional Practice and Not for a Legitimate Medical PurposeReimers was sentenced to 70 months incarceration, followed by 24 months of supervised release.Surrendered 05-30-2007According to court documents, Elizabeth Reimers, MD, of Winchester, TN, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee, to three counts of Dispensing Controlled Substances Outside the Scope of Professional Practice and Not for a Legitimate Medical Purpose. Between January 20, 2006 and September 19, 2006, Elizabeth Reimers, while operating a medical practice in Winchester, TN, prescribed and dispensed various Controlled Substances, including Demerol, Fentanyl, MS Contin, all Schedule II Controlled Substances. Reimers knowingly, intentionally, and in reckless disregard prescribed these Controlled Substances Outside the Scope of Professional Practice and Not for a Legitimate Medical Purpose. Reimers prescribed these addictive substances even after patients had overdosed on those medications or been treated for addictions to them. Reimers also continued to prescribe and dispense these addictive substances after loved ones of Reimer’s addicted patients complained to her and asked her to stop and after Emergency Room personnel expressed concern to her regarding her prescriptions.
RESSNER, Eric L, MDPalm Beach GardensFL02-06-200608-11-2006Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Commit Healthcare FraudRessner was sentenced to 48 months imprisonment, three years supervised release, 500 hours of community service, and ordered to forfeit $100,000.00.Surrendered 12-26-2006According to court documents, Eric Ressner, MD, age 52, of Palm Beach Garden, FL, pled guilty in federal court to one count of Conspiracy to commit health care fraud. Ressner knowingly allowed a licensed pharmacist to use his name in submitting false and fraudulent prescription drug claims for Ketamine HCL and other prescription medication to private health insurance companies. In exchange for allowing the pharmacist to use his name, Ressner received a number of items of significant value from the pharmacist which represented proceeds from payments received from false and fraudulent prescription drug claims. Ressner used some of the payments received from the pharmacist as down payment on his residence.
REW, John, MDTampaFL03-24-200910-02-2009Pled GuiltyDispensing Oxycodone, Hydrocodone and Alprazolam Outside the Scope of Professional PracticeRew was sentenced to three years probation. He was also ordered to pay a fine of $20,000.Surrendered 03-24-2009According to court documents, John Rew, MD of Tampa, FL, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, to one count charging dispensing and distributing Controlled Substances, namely: Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, and Alprazolam, outside the scope of professional practice. Rew overprescribed Oxycodone, a Schedule II Controlled Substance, in overtly large doses, and did so outside the scope of his professional practice, as a then-licensed pain management physician. Rew did so by prescribing more medication than the patient could safely ingest, by failing to adequately inquire of the patient’s medical condition or complaints, by failing to conduct the appropriate physical examination or tests of his patients level of Oxycodone, without recommending or considering further or other pain management techniques of which Rew, himself, was knowledgeable and which he performed in his past practice of medicine.
RICHARDS, Kenneth D, DOGreen CityMO02-27-200706-02-2008Pled GuiltyUnlawful Use of Drug Paraphernalia; Driving While Intoxicated – Drug IntoxicationRichards was sentenced to 24 months probation and 50 hours of community service.Surrendered 07-09-2007According to court documents, Kenneth Richards, DO, age 45, of Green City, MO, pled guilty to unlawful use of drug paraphernalia and Driving While Intoxicated – Drug Intoxication.
RINGEL, Steven, MDHarrisonvilleKS10-05-200402-07-2005Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Distribute and Dispense a Controlled SubstanceRingel was sentenced to 30 months in prison followed by three years supervised release and ordered to pay an assessment of $100 and a fine of $1,000. Surrendered 10-07-2004According to court documents, Steven Ringel, MD, age 30, of Harrisonville, KS, pled guilty in United States District Court to one count of conspiracy to distribute and dispense more than 30,000 units of Lortab (Hydrocodone), a Controlled Substance, outside the scope of professional practice. Ringel wrote prescriptions for Hydrocodone using various fictitious patient names with the intention of taking possession of the Controlled Substances himself.
ROBERG, Bradford, MDMcHenryIL05-13-200802-03-2009Jury ConvictionForgery and Unlawful Acquisition of a Controlled SubstanceRoberg was sentenced to 30 months probation and 250 hours of public service.Retired 06-12-2009According to court documents, Bradford Roberg, MD, age 55, of McHenry, IL, was pled guilty in the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit of Lake County, Illinois of forgery and unlawful acquisition of a controlled substance. Roberg presented a prescription for OxyContin to a pharmacy that he had issued to a patient, who was deceased.
ROMAN-TORRES, Alexis, MDAdjuntasPR05-09-200807-29-2009Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Distribute Controlled SubstancesRoman-Torres was sentenced to a total term of 18 months in federal prison followed by 3 years supervised release and ordered to pay a special assessment of $100.Retired 08-01-2009According to court documents, Alexis Roman-Torres, MD, age 54, of Adjuntas, PR, pled guilty in the Middle District of Florida (Orlando Division) to one count of conspiracy to distribute Controlled Substances. Roman-Torres knowingly and intentionally distributed and dispensed Schedule III and Schedule IV Controlled Substances other than for a legitimate medical purpose and not in the usual course of professional practice. As a doctor recruited by Jive Network, an organization that used the Internet to unlawfully distribute and dispense prescription drugs to customers, Roman-Torres reviewed health questionnaire answers provided by customers over the Internet or telephone and approved customer orders for controlled pharmaceuticals solely on the basis of those answers.
ROSS, James S, MDClarksvilleVA01-17-200708-28-2007Pled GuiltyDistribution of Controlled SubstancesRoss was sentenced to 19 months in federal prison, followed by supervised release for a term of three (3) years, and ordered to pay an assessment of $300.Retired 01-18-2007According to court records, James Stanley Ross, MD, age 54, of Clarksville, VA, pled guilty in federal court to one count of distribution of OxyContin; one count of distribution of Hydrocodone and Codeine; and one count of distribution of Oxycodone. Ross knowingly, intentionally, and unlawfully distributed and dispensed OxyContin, Hydrocodone, Codeine, and Oxycodone without a legitimate medical purpose and beyond the bounds of medical practice. Ross also wrote and delivered a prescription for sixty (60) dosage units of OxyContin (40mg) in exchange for what he believed was crack cocaine.
ROTTSCHAEFER, Bernard, MDPittsburghPA06-03-200303-09-2004Jury ConvictionDistribution of Controlled SubstancesRottschaefer was sentenced to 78 months incarceration, 36 months probation, a fine of $12,500, and a special assessment of $15,000.Expired 04-30-2006According to court documents, Bernard Rottschaefer, MD, age 61, of Pittsburgh, PA, was found guilty by a jury on 153 counts of unlawful distribution of a Controlled Substance in violation of 21 USC 841(a)(1) in United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Rottschaefer's patients testified that he fed their drug addictions by prescribing them Xanax, OxyContin, and other addictive painkillers; four of his patients testified that they performed sexual favors in exchange for the prescriptions.
RYABIK, Brett, MDLouisvilleKY01-13-200402-15-2005Pled GuiltyObtaining Drug by Fraud; Trafficking in Controlled Substances; Prohibited ActivitiesRyabik was sentenced to one year imprisonment, followed by five years probation. He was also ordered to pay a fine of $1,000. As a special condition of his plea agreement, Ryabik agreed to provide a video interview which will be disseminated to healthcare and police officers for training purposes.Surrendered 01-12-2004According to court documents, Brett Ryabik, MD, age 44, of Louisville, KY, pled guilty in state court to obtaining a Controlled Substance by fraud, trafficking in Controlled Substances and prohibited activities relating to Controlled Substances. In July 2003, Ryabik made false statements to obtain a prescription of Hydrocodone, a Controlled Substance. He also obtained other Controlled Substances in the name of another individual who was unaware that a prescription was written in her name.
SABEAN, Joel , MDPortlandME10-29-201504-26-2017Jury ConvictionUnlawful Distribution of Controlled Substances, Tax Evasion, Healthcare FraudSabean was sentenced to two years incarceration, followed by three years of supervised release. Sabean was also ordered to satisfy all tax liabilities to the IRS and participate in mental health and sex offender treatment.Seized 04-26-2017According to court documents, Joel Sabean, MD, of Portland, ME, was found guilty by a federal jury on November 18, 2016, in U.S. District Court, District of Maine, of 52 counts Unlawful Distribution of Controlled Substances, five counts Tax Evasion, and one count Health Care Fraud. Sabean was a Dermatologist practicing in Portland, Maine. Between December, 2010 and January, 2014, Sabean knowingly and willfully wrote prescriptions and dispensed Controlled Substances to a family member not for a legitimate medical purpose and outside the course of professional practice. For tax years 2008-2012, Sabean filed over $3,000,000 in fraudulent medical deductions. Between March, 2010 and December, 2012, Sabean knowingly and willfully defrauded Aetna and CVS Pharmacy in writing unlawful Controlled Substance prescriptions for non-medical use by the family member.
SABUGO, Evelyn Frances P, MDPhiladelphiaPA03-20-200705-20-2008Jury ConvictionConspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance; Healthcare Fraud, Aiding and AbettingSabugo was sentenced to federal prison for a term of 18 months followed by two years of supervised release, the terms to be served concurrently on each count, and ordered to pay a special assessment of $200, a fine of $10,000, and to make restitution in the amount of $50,720.19 to Independence Blue Cross.Surrendered 02-15-2008According to court documents, Evelyn Frances P. Sabugo, MD, age 70, of Philadelphia, PA, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Philadelphia, to one count of conspiracy to distribute a Controlled Substance; and one count of aiding and abetting health care fraud. Sabugo conspired to knowingly and intentionally distribute Schedule II Controlled Substances by selling approximately 99 Controlled Substance prescriptions to an individual outside the scope of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose. Sabugo also sold approximately 74 prescriptions for Controlled Substances in the name of an individual with whom she did not have a valid doctor/patient relationship and had never met. Sabugo made false statements to a Drug Enforcement Administration agent about her prescriptions and prescribing habits. Sabugo also knowingly and willfully aided and abetted the execution of a scheme to defraud a healthcare benefit program by aiding and abetting the submission of fraudulent claims by her customers for reimbursement for the prescription drugs described above.
SALKO, Gregory, MDCarbondalePA07-31-200706-30-2009Pled GuiltyFalse Statements in Connection with Healthcare Benefits Program; Wrongful Disclosure of Individually Identifiable Health InformationSalko was sentenced to two years probation and 100 hours community service. He was ordered to pay a fine of $20,000.Surrendered 08-09-2007According to court documents, Gregory Salko, MD, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania, to one count False Statements in Connection with Health Care Benefits Program and one count Wrongful Disclosure of Individually Identifiable Health Information. Salko made false and fraudulent claims to Medicare indicating he conducted physical examinations on his patient, when such examinations were not completed.
SANCHEZ, Gilberto, MDMontgomeryAL08-01-201711-28-2017Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance; Health Care Fraud; Money LaunderingOn August 23, 2018, Sanchez was sentenced to 145 months imprisonment, followed by three years supervised release. Sanchez was also fined $50,000; ordered to forfeit $24,502; and ordered to pay restitution to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, Medicare, and Viva Healthcare totaling $7,716,668. Sanchez has appealed.Surrendered 08-02-2017According to court documents, on November 28, 2017, Dr. Gilberto Sanchez, of Montgomery, Alabama, pled guilty to one count of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance; one count of Health Care Fraud; and three counts of Money Laundering in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. Sanchez conspired to distribute and did in fact distribute Schedule II, III, and IV controlled substances from his medical practice in Montgomery. Specifically, Sanchez wrote prescriptions for and dispensed fentanyl, oxycodone, methadone, hydrocodone, and alprazolam outside the usual course of professional medical practice and for no legitimate medical purpose. Sanchez also defrauded health care benefit programs, including Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, Medicare, and Viva Healthcare. In addition to prescribing and dispensing the above controlled substances for no legitimate medical purpose, Sanchez required appointments every 30 days for his “patients” and billed health care insurance providers for these repeated “examinations,” which were performed only for the purpose of generating revenue. Sanchez then engaged in illicit financial transactions to launder the proceeds of his drug distribution.
SANDERS, Lisa, MDFort GordonGA02-22-200505-26-2005Pled GuiltyAcquiring a Controlled Substance by Deception or SubterfugeSanders was sentenced to six months imprisonment to be followed by one year of supervised release. Sanders must also perform 100 hours of community service and pay a fine of $2,500.Surrendered 03-07-2005According to court documents, Lisa Sanders, MD, age 42, of Fort Gordon, GA, pled guilty in federal court to one count of acquiring a Controlled Substance by deception or subterfuge.
SASSON, Nicholas, MDSalinaCA07-12-200410-18-2004Pled No ContestObtaining Controlled Substances by FraudSasson was sentenced to five years probation and a fine of $1,000. He was also ordered to perform 1,500 hours of community service.Surrendered 04-06-2004According to court documents, Nicholas Sasson, MD, age 36, of Salinas, CA, pled no contest in state court to one count of obtaining a Controlled Substance by fraud.
SCHEYER, William J, MDKirklandWA01-19-200501-19-2005Pled GuiltyObtaining a Controlled Substance by Misrepresentation, Fraud, Forgery, Deception, and SubterfugeScheyer was sentenced to two years probation subject to the following special conditions: 60 days of home electronic confinement, 500 hours community service, a $1,000 fine, and the surrender of his DEA registration and license to practice medicine.Surrendered 10-24-2005According to court documents, William Scheyer, MD, age 79, of Kirkland, WA, pled guilty in federal court to one count of obtaining a Controlled Substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception, and subterfuge. From August 2001 and continuing until May 2003, Scheyer authorized fraudulent prescriptions for Controlled Substances in various individual’s names without their knowledge or consent.
SCHLESINGER, Richard, MDOwings MillMD05-26-200405-26-2004Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Distribute Demerol; Healthcare FraudSchlesinger was sentenced to three years probation with six months home detention and must perform 100 hours of community service.Retired 09-30-2005According to court documents, Richard Schlesinger, MD, age 59, of Owings Mills, MD, pled guilty in federal court to one count of conspiracy to distribute a mixture containing Demerol, and one count of health care fraud.
SCHNEIDER, Stephen J, MDHaysvilleKS12-19-200706-24-2010Jury ConvictionConspiracy to Commit Healthcare Fraud; Unlawful Distribution of Controlled Substances; Unlawful Distribution of Controlled Substances Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury and Death; Healthcare Fraud; and Money Laundering Schneider was initially sentenced to 30 years imprisonment followed by five years supervised release. He was later resentenced for Conspiracy to Commit Healthcare Fraud; Four Counts of Unlawful Distribution of Controlled Substances; Unlawful Distribution of Controlled Substances Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury and Death; eleven counts of Healthcare Fraud; and two counts of Money Laundering on September 24, 2015. He again received 30 years imprisonment, followed by three years supervised release. Surrendered 05-19-2008According to court documents, on June 24, 2010, Dr. Stephen Schneider, of Haysville, Kansas, was found guilty by a jury in the UnitedStates District Court for the District of Kansas, of one count of Conspiracy to Commit Healthcare Fraud Resulting in Death; four counts of Unlawful Distribution of Controlled Substances Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury and Death; three counts of Healthcare Fraud Resulting in Death; and two counts of Money Laundering. From 2002 until 2008, Schneider operated a pain management clinic with his wife, Licensed Practical Nurse Linda K. Schneider, under the name Schneider Medical Clinic in Haysville, Kansas. Schneider distributed and dispensed extensive quantities of Schedule II, III, and IV controlled substances without a legitimate medical purpose and outside the usual course of professional medical practice. These controlled substances included Fentanyl, Methadone, Morphine, Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Alprazolam, and Diazepam. In the course of prescribing the above controlled substances, Schneider defrauded public and private Health Care Benefit Programs, including Medicaid and Medicare, billing more than $4,000,000 while they operated the clinic unlawfully.
SCHWAB, Edward T, DOCantonMS03-31-200609-21-2006Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Distribute Schedule III and IV Controlled Substances; Conspiracy to Engage in Monetary Transactions in Property Derived from Specific Unlawful ActivitySchwab was sentenced to twenty-two months in prison, two years supervised release, and ordered to forfeit $500,246.Surrendered 05-19-2004According to court documents, Edward T. Schwab, DO, age 72, of Canton, MS, pled guilty in federal court to one count conspiracy to distribute Schedule III and IV Controlled Substances and conspiracy to engage in monetary transactions in property derived from specific unlawful activity. Between October 2002 and August 2003, Schwab authorized at least 316,440 dosage units of Schedule III Controlled Substances and 755,460 dosage units of Schedule IV Controlled Substances via the Internet. These prescriptions were not issued for a legitimate medical purpose and not in the usual course of a practitioner’s professional practice.
SCRUGGS, Ramon, MDTustinCA05-01-200806-01-2009Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Commit Offenses Against the United States; Money LaunderingScruggs was sentenced to probation for a term of two years and ordered to pay a special assessment of $200.Retired 09-30-2008According to court documents, Ramon Scruggs, MD, age 61, of Tustin, CA, pled guilty in the Northern District of California (San Jose Division) to one count of conspiracy to commit offenses against the United States and one count of money laundering. Scruggs was a physician who operated his medical practice at The New Hope Health Center located in Costa Mesa, CA. The New Hope Health Center was a medical facility whose primary business was the dispensing of anabolic steroids, human growth hormone, and other performance-enhancing drugs. Scruggs and others at The New Hope Health Center conspired to distribute anabolic steroids, human growth hormone, and various other prescription drugs to professional baseball players, law enforcement personnel, and other individuals, in a manner outside the usual course of professional practice and not for a legitimate purpose, but for non-legitimate purposes, including performance enhancement, aesthetic body improvement, and other non-medical reasons. Scruggs also conspired to smuggle human growth hormone into the United States from the People’s Republic of China with the intent to defraud and in a manner contrary to law. Scruggs also pled guilty to knowingly and willfully transferring funds affecting foreign commerce, that is, a wire transfer of $3,605 from Scruggs bank account to the People’s Republic of China with the intent to promote a specific unlawful activity, that is, the smuggling of human growth hormone into the United States.
SENLER, Tufa, MDLouisvilleKY03-17-200904-09-2009Pled GuiltyUnlawful Distribution of Schedule III and IV Controlled Substances by Licensed Medical Practitioner; Export of Controlled Substances without a Permit; Money Laundering; Fraudulent Introduction of Misbranded Drugs into Interstate Commerce and Aid and Abet SameSenler was sentenced to two years probation, twelve months home detention, and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine. In addition, Senler was ordered to forfeit $3,114,179.78 which represented property that facilitated his offenses or proceeds thereof.Retired 08-01-2009According to court documents, Tufan Senler, MD, of Louisville, KY, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky, to one count Unlawful Distribution of Schedule III and IV Controlled Substances by Licensed Medical Practitioner; one count Export of Controlled Substances without a Permit; one count Money Laundering; and one count Fraudulent Introduction of Misbranded Drugs into Interstate Commerce and Aid and Abet Same. As early as 2002 and through September 2005, Senler owned Science of Better Living, operating under the website dietprescriptions.com. Senler dispensed, distributed and exported Schedule III and IV Controlled Substances, specifically diet prescription drugs. Customers who purchased drugs from the website were only required to fill out an online questionnaire; there would be no face-to-face contact with the patient. After receiving the orders, Senler would have the Controlled Substances shipped to customers in various locations throughout the United States and throughout the world. Providing Controlled Substances without establishing a legitimate doctor-patient relationship is not consistent with the professional practice of medicine and is outside the standard of legitimate practice of medicine. In order to export controlled substances outside the United States, an exported is required to obtain a permit from the Attorney General for each shipment. At no time did Senler have a valid exportation permit issued by the Attorney General to dispense or distribute controlled non-narcotic drugs to other countries.
SHANKMAN, Richard M, DPMRosedaleNY11-27-200609-11-2007Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute OxycodoneShankman was sentenced to five years incarceration, followed by 36 months of supervised release. Shankman was also ordered to forfeit $20,000.00. Surrendered 02-28-2007According to court documents, Richard Shankman, DPM, of Rosedale, NY, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, to one count of Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Oxycodone, a Schedule II Controlled Substance. Between January, 2003 and October, 2006, Richard Shankman knowingly and intentionally conspired with others to possess with intent to distribute 5,000 dosage units of 80 mg Oxycodone.
SHARMA, Kiran, MDWebsterTX06-24-200904-26-2010Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Commit Healthcare Fraud and Mail Fraud; Healthcare FraudSharma was sentenced to 8 years incarceration, followed by 36 months supervised release. Sharma was ordered to pay jointly with Arun Sharma restitution of $43,318,170.93. Surrendered 07-31-2009According to court documents, Kiran Sharma, MD, age 55, of Webster, TX, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, to one count of Conspiracy to Commit Healthcare Fraud and one count of Healthcare Fraud. Between January1, 1998 and June 10, 2009, Kiran Sharma along with her husband, Arun Sharma, MD, operated multiple medical clinics under the name Allergy, Asthma, Arthritis Pain Center with two principal locations in Baytown and Webster, TX. Sharma’s clinics prescribed Schedule II, III, and IV Controlled Substances, including Oxycodone, Methadone, Fentanyl, Hydrocodone, and Alprazolam. Kiran Sharma also operated a modest allergy practice. In addition to the prescription of narcotics, a large part of the practice was to provide injections of lidocaine and steroids. Arun Sharma wrote prescriptions for one or more controlled substances for nearly every patient based on the patient’s own requests. Nearly all patients were also put on a regimen of shots every two weeks. For patients who refused shots, the practice requested those patients sign progress and procedure notes to document false billing records. Sharma hired and supervised Foreign Medical Graduates to create fictitious patient records and submit the false billings to Medicare, Medicaid, and private health insurance. Billing records showed billings for injections in excess of 200 patients per day. Total billings over the course of the conspiracy exceeded $122 million, which resulted in Sharma’s practice being paid more than $62 million. The practice also received more than $1,500,000 in cash copayments.
SHARMA, Arun, MDWebsterTX06-25-200904-26-2010Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Commit Healthcare Fraud; Healthcare FraudSharma was sentenced to 15 years incarceration, followed by 36 months supervised release. Sharma was ordered to pay jointly with Kiran Sharma restitution of $43,318,170.93. Surrendered 06-12-2009According to court documents, Arun Sharma, MD, age 55, of Webster, TX, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, to one count of Conspiracy to Commit Healthcare Fraud and one count of Healthcare Fraud. Between January1, 1998 and June 10, 2009, Arun Sharma along with his wife, Kiran Sharma, MD, operated multiple medical clinics under the name Allergy, Asthma, Arthritis Pain Center with two principal locations in Baytown and Webster, TX. Sharma prescribed Schedule II, III, and IV Controlled Substances, including Oxycodone, Methadone, Fentanyl, Hydrocodone, and Alprazolam. In addition to the prescription of narcotics, a large part of Sharma’s practice was to provide injections of lidocaine and steroids. Sharma wrote prescriptions for one or more controlled substances for nearly every patient based on the patient’s own requests. Nearly all patients were also put on a regimen of shots every two weeks. For patients who refused shots, Sharma requested those patients sign progress and procedure notes to document false billing records. Sharma hired Foreign Medical Graduates to create fictitious patient records and submit the false billings to Medicare, Medicaid, and private health insurance. Billing records showed billings for injections in excess of 200 patients per day. Total billings over the course of the conspiracy exceeded $122 million, which resulted in Sharma’s practice being paid more than $62 million. Sharma also received more than $1,500,000 in cash copayments.
SHINDERMAN, Marc S, MDWestbrookME08-25-200507-20-2006Jury ConvictionUsing a DEA Registration Issued to Another Person; Aiding the Acquisition of Controlled Substances by Deception; Furnishing False Information Required to be Kept by a Pharmacy; Creating False Medical RecordsShinderman was sentenced to six months in prison followed by six months home confinement upon release from prison; and two years supervised release. He was also ordered to pay a $5,800 special assessment, $30,000 fine, and $619.62 in restitution.Retired 02-08-2008According to court documents, Marc Shinderman, MD, age 64, of Westbrook, ME, was convicted by a federal jury on 25 counts of using a DEA registration issued to another person; 24 counts of aiding the acquisition of Controlled Substances by deception; two counts of furnishing false information required to be kept by a pharmacy; and seven counts of creating false medical records.
SHORTT, James M, MDWest ColumbiaSC10-12-200507-17-2006Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Distribute Anabolic Steroids and Human Growth HormoneShortt was sentenced to 12 months and one day imprisonment, to be followed by two years of supervised release.Surrendered 01-31-2006According to court documents, James Shortt, MD, age 46, of West Columbia, SC, pled guilty in federal court to one count of conspiracy to distribute anabolic steroids and human growth hormone.
SIMONS, Lawrence M, MDGoddardKS04-01-200901-11-2010Pled GuiltyUnlawful Distribution of a Controlled SubstanceSimons was sentenced to federal prison for a term of 24 months followed by 3 years of supervised release and ordered to pay a special assessment of $200.Surrendered 02-28-2008According to court documents, Lawrence M. Simons, MD, age 33, of Goddard, KS, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, to two counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance. Simons signed four prescriptions for Fentanyl (Duragesic), a Schedule II Controlled Substance, for an individual with whom he had not established a valid physician/patient relationship and, in fact, had never met.
SIPSY, Lonnie K, DOCharlestonWV10-29-200702-01-2008Pled GuiltyPossession of a Controlled Substance by Deception and SubterfugeSipsy was sentenced to 12 months and one day in federal prison, followed by supervised release for a term of one year, and ordered to pay an assessment of $100 and a fine of $5,000.Retired 09-30-2006According to court documents, Lonnie Keith Sipsy, DO, age 41, of Charleston, WV, pled guilty in federal court to one count of having knowingly and intentionally acquired and obtained possession of a quantity of Hydrocodone, a Schedule III Controlled Substance, by deception and subterfuge.
SIRECI, John B, DOWoodburyNJ06-04-200409-30-2005Pled GuiltyObtaining Controlled Substances by FraudSireci was sentenced in the Superior Court of Gloucester County to three years probation, and fined $3,555.00. Active 09-30-2005According to court documents, John B. Sireci, DO, age 38, of Woodbury, NJ, pled guilty in state court to one count of obtaining Controlled Substances by fraud.
SMITH, Joseph K, MDMount VernonIL07-02-200704-18-2008Pled GuiltyIllegal Dispensing of a Controlled SubstanceSmith was sentenced to a ten months imprisonment to be served as follows: five months federal imprisonment followed by five months in community confinement. Upon release, he will be placed on five years of supervised release and ordered to pay a special assessment of $500 and a fine of $100.Surrendered 08-31-2007According to court documents, Joseph Kerry Smith, MD, age 54, of Mount Vernon, IL, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, to five counts of illegal dispensation of a Controlled Substance, as charged in the indictment. On two occasions, Smith knowingly and intentionally dispensed a substance containing Hydrocodone outside the scope of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose. On three occasions, Smith knowingly and intentionally dispensed a substance containing Morphine outside the scope of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose.
SNYDER, Robert, DOPittsburghPA02-21-200609-05-2006Pled GuiltyInsurance Fraud; Possession of Controlled SubstancesSnyder was sentenced to one year probation.Surrendered 10-25-2005According to court documents, Robert Snyder, DO, age 38, of Pittsburgh, PA, pled guilty in State Court on both counts off insurance fraud and acquiring or obtaining Controlled Substances by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge. Between April 2001 and May 2005, Snyder telephoned prescriptions to and/or presented prescriptions at various pharmacies for the drug Hydromet and/or Hydrocodone Compound, in the names of his medical patients and/or friends. Snyder did so knowing the prescription information was being processed through his patients’ healthcare insurance provider. Snyder’s patients had no knowledge of the prescriptions for which claims were being submitted to their insurance company or that the drugs were being dispensed directly to Snyder.
SOKOLL, William, MDRoyal OakMI10-24-200704-16-2008Pled GuiltyObtaining Controlled Substance by Fraud; Controlled Substance - Licensee Prescription ViolationsSokoll was sentenced to nine months incarceration, followed by 2 years probation. Sokoll was order to pay $3176.37 in restitution.Surrendered 11-26-2007According to court documents, William Sokoll, MD, age 53, of Royal Oak, MI, pled guilty to one count of obtaining Controlled Substance by fraud and one count of Controlled Substance – licensee prescription violations. Sokoll knowingly and intentionally acquired the Controlled Substance Stadol by writing a prescription to another person when the drug was intended for his personal use.
SOKOLOFF, Keith, DONewarkDE03-15-200505-03-2006Pled GuiltyDelivery of a Controlled Substance; Healthcare Fraud; ConspiracySokoloff was sentenced to incarceration for five years, suspended after serving six months home confinement, with probation for the balance of the five year term. He was also ordered to perform 1,000 hours of community service.Surrendered 11-14-2005According to court documents, Keith Sokoloff, age 34, of Newark, DE, pled guilty in state court to one count of health care fraud, one count of delivery of a narcotic Schedule II Controlled Substance, and one count of conspiracy second degree. Sokoloff presented fraudulent healthcare claims to the Delaware Medical Assistance Program, a heath care benefit program for which he was a health care provider. Dr. Sokoloff also committed a felony by entering into an agreement with other co-conspirators to unlawfully deliver Schedule II Controlled Substances, specifically OxyContin.
SOLIS, Armando, MDMiami BeachFL12-06-200408-31-2005Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Distribute or Dispense Controlled SubstancesSolis was sentenced to 46 months imprisonment followed by two years supervised released and ordered to pay a $15,000 fine and a $100 special assessment fine.Retired 09-30-2005According to court documents, Armando Solis, MD, age 54, of Miami Beach, FL, pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute or dispense Controlled Substances. Solis issued prescriptions for Controlled Substances without properly determining their medical necessity and in a manner that was outside the course of professional practice.
SPECTOR, Michael A, MDSuperiorCO06-29-200312-05-2003Pled GuiltyDispensing by Fraud, Deceit, or ForgerySpector was sentenced to two years probation. Active 12-05-2003According to court documents, Michael Anthony Spector, MD, age 46, of Superior, CO, pled guilty in State Court to dispensing drugs by fraud, deceit, or forgery. Spector unlawfully and knowingly dispensed the drug Vicodin by using a false name.
STACK, Warren R, MDSalt Lake CityUT12-17-200707-21-2009Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Commit Bulk Cash Smuggling; Healthcare FraudStack was sentenced to federal prison for a term of 96 months, followed by 36 months of supervised release. He was ordered to pay a special assessment of $300 and to make restitution totaling $1,554,337.86 to Medicare, Medicaid, and several health insurance providers.Surrendered 06-18-2007According to court documents, Warren Stack, MD, age 62, of Salt Lake City, UT, pled guilty in United States District Court, Central District of Utah, on one count of conspiracy to commit bulk cash smuggling and two counts of health care fraud. Stack would meet his patients at a make-shift desk in his waiting room and prescribe Controlled Substances without conducting a medical examination. He would require his patients to make their co-payments in cash; however, he directed his staff to bill various insurance providers as though he conducted a thorough and professional examination. During his self-described “Express Scripts” period, he would prescribe as many as 80 prescriptions per day, and collected approximately $70 to $200 per prescription.
STANCH, James M, MDManahawkinNJ02-08-200606-30-2006Pled GuiltyDistribution and Possession of a Schedule II Controlled SubstanceStanch was sentenced to a term of imprisonment of 57 months on each count to run concurrently with each other, three years supervised release, and fined $4,000.Surrendered 05-25-2004According to court documents, James M. Stanch, MD, age 54, of Manahawkin, NJ, pled guilty in federal court to one count of distribution and possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance and one count of distribution and possession of narcotic drugs. From in or about February 2006, through on or about July 26, 2006, Stanch did knowingly and intentionally distribute and possess with intent to distribute quantities of Hydrocodone, a Schedule III Controlled Substance, Alprazolam, Propoxyphene and Provigil, all Schedule IV Controlled Substances. Stanch knowingly and intentionally conspired and agreed with others to acquire and obtain possession of these Controlled Substances by misrepresentation, fraud, deception, and subterfuge.
STANKO, Kenneth, MDPittsburghPA01-20-201708-11-2017Pled GuiltyPossession with Intent to Distribute and Distribution of Oxycodone; Healthcare FraudStanko was sentenced to one year and one day incarceration, followed by one year community confinement, followed by six months of home detention. Stanko was also ordered to provide 500 hours of community service and pay $10,534 in restitution.Surrendered 09-04-2015According to court documents, Stanko was the sole physician at a psychiatry practice he operated in Pittsburgh, PA. Between in or about February, 2013 and July, 2015, Stanko knowingly and intentionally wrote prescriptions for Oxycodone without legitimate medical purpose and outside the usual course of professional practice. During this same period, Stanko also filed fraudulent claims for payments from health insurance providers for the medications he unlawfully prescribed.
STEELE, Doyle S, MDLas VegasNV12-20-200503-23-2007Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Possess and Distribute Controlled SubstancesSteele was sentenced to 87 months in federal prison followed by probation for a term of three years and ordered to pay a fine of $15,000 and an assessment of $100.00.Retired 09-30-2006According to court documents, Doyle Stuart Steele, MD, age 52, of Las Vegas, NV, pled guilty in federal court to one count of conspiracy to possess and distribute Controlled Substances. Steele conspired unlawfully and intentionally to possess with the intent to distribute Oxycodone and Percocet, Schedule II Controlled Substances, and Hydrocodone, a Schedule III Controlled Substance, and that, as part of the conspiracy, Steele distributed and dispensed Controlled Substances outside the scope of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose, in return for which he received cash payments, sexual relationships, or a portion of the prescribed Controlled Substances for his own use.
STEINBERG, Jordan, MDGreenwichCT05-14-200906-27-2013Pled GuiltyPossession with Intent to Distribute Dihydrocodeinone; Introduction of Misbranded Drugs Into Interstate CommerceSteinberg was sentenced to two years incarceration on Count One, Possessed with Intent to Distribute Dihydrocodeinone; and one year on Count Two, Introduction of Misbranded Drugs Into Interstate Commerce; to run consecutively with Count One, followed by two years supervised release. Steinberg was also ordered to participate in a substance abuse treatment program during his incarceration and his supervised release.Surrendered 05-18-2009According to Court documents, Jordan Steinberg, of Greenwich, CT, pled guilty on June 27, 2013 in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, to one count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Dihydrodeinone and one count of Introduction of Misbranded Drugs Into Interstate Commerce. Between approximately April 1, 2007 and November 30, 2008, Steinberg knowingly and intentionally possessed with intent to distribute Dihydrocodeinone, a Schedule III Controlled Substance. Subsequent to the above activity and while on bail without a valid state medical license, Steinberg also knowingly and intentionally introduced, through issuing prescriptions, misbranded drugs into interstate commerce.
STOWELL, Steven, MDCranberryPA04-25-200810-30-2008Pled GuiltyAcquisition of Controlled Substance by Fraud; Administration by PractitionerStowell was sentenced to 24 months probation, fined $1,000, ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $2069.69, and ordered to complete 25 hours of community service. Surrendered 04-28-2008According to court documents, Steven Stowell, MD, of Cranberry, PA, pled guilty in the Court of Common Pleas of Butler County, Pennsylvania to one count of conspiracy and one count of dispensing Controlled Substance by a practitioner not in accordance with principles of medical profession. Stowell wrote prescriptions for his wife not in accordance with professional practice.
TARABEIN, Rassan M, MDDaphneAL06-30-201706-08-2018Pled GuiltyHealth Care Fraud; Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance (Oxycodone)Tarabein was sentenced to five years imprisonment, followed by one year supervised release. Tarabein was also ordered to pay restitution totaling $15,010,682. As a result of his felony convictions, Tarabein is prohibited from practicing medicine and prescribing controlled substances in the United States. Moreover, he has agreed to forfeit numerous properties in connection with his health care fraud scheme. These assets include: $3,717,249.73 seized by law enforcement officials who executed warrants on eight financial accounts in June 2017; $287,983.25 in cash seized by officials while executing a search warrant at Tarabein’s home in October 2016; and eight real estate properties, six of which were previously sold to generate funds for restitution to financial victims. Surrendered 06-30-2017According to court documents, on August 7, 2017, Dr. Rassan Tarabein, of Daphne, AL, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama, Southern Division, to one count of Health Care Fraud, and one count of Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance (Oxycodone). Between on or about 2004 and continuing until on or about May, 2017, Tarabein operated Eastern Shore Neurology and Pain Center in Daphne, Alabama. During this time, Tarabein maximized personal financial gain by providing services that were not medically necessary, while also billing patients and their respective health benefits programs, for services that were never performed. Tarabein often singled out Alabama Medicaid patients to receive spinal injections without required imaging guidance, then fraudulently billed Medicaid for use of such guidance. On multiple occasions, Tarabein distributed and dispensed Controlled Substances, including Oxycodone, a Schedule II Controlled Substance, for no legitimate medical purpose. In addition to overbilling Alabama Medicaid patients, Tarabein deliberately and routinely overbilled other health care benefit programs, including, among others, Medicare, Blue Cross, Humana, and UnitedHealthcare. Tarabein regularly falsified patient records to support his fraudulent billing practices. From January, 2011 through October, 2016, Tarabein overbilled health care programs by approximately $13,100,000 receiving approximately $5,400,000 from those billings.
TAYLOR, Paul R, MDLaytonUT11-16-200710-14-2009Pled GuiltyDistribution of OxycodoneTaylor was sentenced to 85 months incarceration, followed by 36 months supervised release. Taylor was also fined $2000. Taylor was ordered to participate in a mental health treatment program during his supervised release.Surrendered 11-19-2007According to court documents, Paul R. Taylor, MD, of Layton, UT, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, District of Utah, to one count of Distribution of Oxycodone. Between June 7, 2007 and October 30, 2007, Taylor provided Oxycodone proscriptions to various individuals with whom he did not have a legitimate doctor-patient relationship or for whom he did not conduct appropriate medical examinations. Although Taylor was a physician licensed to prescribe Controlled Substances, he acted outside the scope of legitimate medical practice when prescribing the Oxycodone.
THEODORE, Alexander, MDSalt Lake CityUT05-05-200604-11-2007Pled GuiltyUnlawful Distribution of Controlled SubstanceTheodore was sentenced to one year incarceration, followed by six years probation. He was also ordered to pay $22,827.88 in restitution and complete 720 hours community service.Surrendered 06-16-2006According to court documents, Alexander Theodore, MD, age 65, of Salt Lake City, UT, pled guilty in 3rd District Court, Salt Lake County, State of Utah, to five counts Unlawful Distribution of Controlled Substance. Theodore knowingly and unlawfully distributed and dispensed a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of Oxycodone not for a legitimate medical purpose and beyond the bounds of accepted medical practice.
THOMAS, Deborah, MDKnoxvilleTN10-09-201411-17-2016Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Distribute Schedule II and Schedule IV Controlled SubstancesThomas was sentenced to 120 months incarceration followed by three years of supervised release. Thomas was also ordered to complete drug, alcohol, and mental health treatment programs during the period of supervised release. Surrendered 10-24-2014According to court documents, Deborah Thomas, MD, of Knoxville, TN, conspired with other medical practitioners and office staff for the purpose of prescribing and distributing Controlled Substances without legitimate medical purpose and outside the course of professional practice. Thomas was the primary physician at Breakthrough Pain Therapy Center in Blount County, TN from August 1, 2009 to December, 2010. During the course of her involvement in the conspiracy, Thomas received over $275,000 in exchange for writing prescriptions and providing a purported supervisory role for nurse practitioners and physician assistants who also wrote prescriptions. Thomas wrote prescriptions for over 2,000 “patient” visits, in almost all cases prescribing Oxycodone or Oxymorphone, sometimes in combination with other Controlled Substances. The clinic did not have any written protocol for the treatment of its “patients,” accepted only cash payments, and had no  medical equipment. The “patients” were not examined or received only nominal examinations. Thomas was aware or should have been aware of numerous indicators that the clinic was not a legitimate medical practice.
TOBIN, Christopher G, MDWilmingtonNC07-21-200808-05-2009Jury ConvictionConspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances; Distribution of Controlled SubstancesTobin was sentenced to a total term of 36 months in federal prison followed by 3 years supervised release and ordered to pay a special assessment of $300.Retired 06-30-2007According to court documents, Christopher G. Tobin, MD, age 42, of Wilmington, NC, was found guilty by a federal jury in the Middle District of Florida (Orlando Division) on one count of conspiracy to distribute Controlled Substances and two counts of distribution of Controlled Substances. Tobin knowingly and intentionally combined, conspired, confederated, and agreed with others to distribute and dispense Schedule III and Schedule IV Controlled Substances, and to use a communication facility in committing and in causing and facilitating the commission of, the distribution and dispensing of Controlled Substances, other than for a legitimate medical purpose and not in the usual course of professional practice.
TRIEU, Thomas, MDBiloxiMS05-21-200806-26-2009Pled GuiltyDistributing/Dispensing Promethazine Outside the Scope of Professional PracticeTrieu was sentenced to a total of 96 months incarceration, followed by 3 year supervised release. Surrendered 05-21-2008According to court documents, Thomas Trieu, MD of Biloxi, MS, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Mississippi, to one count Distributing/Dispensing Alprazolam, a Schedule IV Controlled Substance, and two counts Distributing/Dispensing Promethazine with Codeine, a Schedule V Controlled Substance, Outside the Scope of Professional Practice. From about 1997 and continuing up to 2008, Trieu, as a medical doctor would routinely see patients and prescribe Promethazine with only a cursory medical examination or with no examination at all, outside the scope of professional medical practice.
TUCKER, Kelly W, MDGreelyCO05-28-200805-28-2008Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Illegally Dispense and Distribute Schedule III Controlled SubstancesTucker was sentenced to 11 months incarceration, followed by 36 months supervised release. Tucker was also ordered to forfeit $30,000. Surrendered 07-15-2008According to court documents, between May, 2005 and August, 2006, Tucker conspired with several persons, including two other doctors, to illegally dispense and distribute Anabolic Steroids, which are Schedule III Controlled Substances, outside the usual course of medical practice. Tucker partnered with the owner of Infinite Health, a company that specialized in providing Anabolic Steroids, Human Growth Hormone (HGH), and other drugs to customers recruited from gyms, health centers, sports clubs, and spas in and around Eaton, CO. Infinite Health obtained the drugs from Applied Pharmacy Services, a compounding pharmacy in Mobile, AL, whose owners and pharmacists also participated in the conspiracy.The owner of Infinite Health, who was not a physician, would determine what combination, or “stack,” of Anabolic Steroids, including Trenbolone, a bovine/equine steroid not approved for human use, and HGH were appropriate for his customers and provide those prescriptions to Tucker, who would sign the prescriptions. During the conspiracy, Tucker signed illicit prescriptions for over 10,000 units of Schedule III Controlled Substances.
UMANSKY, Michael D, MDLos AngelesCA02-05-200308-23-2003Pled No ContestAccessory to the Unlicensed Practice of MedicineUmansky was sentenced to 36 months probation and payment of $10,000 restitution.Expired 05-31-2003According to court documents, Michael Umansky, MD, age 72, of Los Angeles, CA, pled no contest to one count of accessory to a felony committed by another. Umansky admitted that, after seeing patients at an initial visit with a perfunctory exam, patients had their prescription refills handled during subsequent monthly visits by his wife who served as his receptionist and was not a licensed physician. The patient had no additional contact with the doctor.
VAN, Thu-Hoa, MDBiloxiMS05-21-200806-26-2009Pled GuiltyDistributing / Dispensing Promethazine Outside the Scope of Professional PracticeVan was sentenced to 12 months incarceration, followed by one year supervised release. Surrendered 05-21-2008According to court documents, Thu-Hoa Van, MD of Biloxi, MS, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Mississippi, to one count Distributing/Dispensing Promethazine with Codeine (a Schedule V Controlled Substance) Outside the Scope of Professional Practice. From about 1997 and continuing up to 2008, Van, as a medical doctor would routinely see patients and prescribe Promethazine with only a cursory medical examination or with no examination at all, outside the scope of professional medical practice.
VASOYA, Pravin, MDMount LaurelNJ06-11-200802-10-2009Pled GuiltyDistribution and Possession with Intent to Distribute OxycodoneVasoya was sentenced to federal prison for a term of 57 months followed by four years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a fine of $10,000.Surrendered 01-15-2009According to court documents, Pravin Vasoya, MD, age 41, of Mount Laurel, NJ, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, to one count of distribution and possession with intent to distribute Oxycodone. An undercover detective met with Vasoya and purchased multiple prescriptions for OxyContin and Roxicodone. During four separate meetings, the undercover officer purchased a total of nine prescriptions for which he paid Vasoya $8,000. Vasoya wrote these prescriptions in a variety of different names given to him by the undercover officer. These meetings took place in parking lots. At no time during any of these meetings did Vasoya conduct a physical examination of the officer or ask him any questions regarding pain or his medical condition.
VAZQUEZ-SENTI, Jose Victor, MDCarolinaPR09-05-200709-28-2010Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute and Dispense Controlled Substances; Forfeiture of any Property, Real or Personal, Constituting or Traceable to Gross Profits or Other Proceeds Obtained from the OffenseVazquez-Senti was sentenced to time served. Vazquez-Senti was also ordered to forfeit along with his co-conspirators $8,878,000 in U.S. currency constituting proceeds from the conspiracy. Surrendered 03-07-2008According to court records, Jose Victor Vazquez-Senti, MD, of Carolina, PR, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, District of Puerto Rico, to one count of Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute and Dispense Controlled Substances; and one count of Forfeiture of any Property, Real or Personal, Constituting or Traceable to Gross Profits or Other Proceeds Obtained from the Offense. Between January, 2005 and September, 2007, Vazquez-Senti knowingly and intentionally conspired with pharmacy owners and other parties to possess with intent to distribute and dispense Oxycodone, a Schedule II Controlled Substance, and Alprazolam, a Schedule IV Controlled Substance. During the course of the conspiracy, Vazquez-Senti wrote over 26,000 prescriptions for Oxycodone and Alprazolam outside the scope of professional practice. The object of the conspiracy was to write prescriptions for Controlled Substances under different names, real and fictitious; have those prescriptions filled at three particular pharmacies; resell the individual pills on the street for profit and financial gain; and hide the cash proceeds of those street sales by not reporting the profits on tax returns.
VOLKMAN, Paul H, MDSouth PointOH05-21-200705-09-2011Jury ConvictionConspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances; Unlawful Distribution of Controlled Substances; Causing the Death of Another by Unlawful DistributionVolkman was sentenced to four consecutive life terms, one for each of the four counts he was found guilty of Causing Death of Another by Unlawful Distribution; a separate prison term of 20 years to run concurrently for Conspiracy and Unlawful Distribution; three years supervised release; and ordered to forfeit $1,200,000. Revoked 07-01-2008According to court documents, Paul Volkman was found guilty by a federal jury in United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio, Western Division, of four counts of Causing Death of Another by Unlawful Distribution of Controlled Substances; Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances; and eight counts of Unlawful Distribution of Controlled Substances. Beginning on or about October 1, 2001 and continuing up to and including May, 2007, Volkman operated two medical clinics under the names Tri-State Health Care & Pain Management, which was originally located in South Shore, Kentucky; was subsequently relocated to Portsmouth, Ohio; and again relocated to South Point, Ohio with a second clinic, South Point Pain Management Clinic. Volkman’s clinics served drug-seeking customers throughout southern Ohio, northern Kentucky, West Virginia, and Tennessee, who traveled sometimes in excess of 400 miles round trip to obtain their prescriptions. Volkman knowingly, intentionally, and unlawfully distributed Schedule II, III, and IV Controlled Substances outside the scope of medical practice or not for a legitimate medical purpose , including Oxycodone, Hydromorphone, Methadone, Hydrocodone, Alprazolam, Diazepam, and Propoxyphene. Volkman wrote prescriptions for Controlled Substances without providing any meaningful examinations and despite actual knowledge that his customers were abusing, misusing, and further distributing the drugs he prescribed. Volkman rapidly increased medication levels, which resulted in addiction of his patients, including numerous overdoses, and deaths.
WADLEY, Esther, DORepublicMO08-13-200404-20-2005Pled GuiltyDistribution of a Controlled Substance Outside the Scope of Professional Practice; Obstruction of a Healthcare Offense Criminal InvestigationWadley was sentenced to five years supervised probation and 1,000 hours of community service.Surrendered 03-01-2005According to court documents, Esther Wadley, DO, age 36, of Republic, MO, pled guilty to distribution of a Controlled Substance outside the scope of professional practice, and to obstruction of a criminal investigation of a healthcare offense.
WAGMAN, Philip G, MDNew CastlePA10-04-200405-09-2006Jury ConvictionViolation of the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act; Conspiracy to Violate the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act; Flight to Avoid ApprehensionWagman was sentenced to incarceration of not less than seven (7) years and no more than fifteen (15) years and ordered to pay a fine of $50,000.Surrendered 10-05-2004According to court documents, Philip G. Wagman, MD, age 49, of New Castle, PA, was found guilty by a jury in the Court of Common Pleas of Lawrence County on nineteen counts of violation of the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act; one count of conspiracy to violate the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device, and Cosmetic Act; and one count of flight to avoid apprehension. Wagman prescribed, and conspired with other persons to prescribe, Scheduled II Controlled Substances in his capacity as a licensed practitioner that were not in accordance with treatment principles accepted by a responsible segment of the medical profession.
WANG, David, MDOrlandoFL08-17-200507-24-2008Pled No ContestTraffickingWang was sentenced to five years probation. Revoked 10-30-2007According to court documents, David Wang, MD, age 54, of Orlando, FL, pled no contest to two counts Sale of a Controlled Substance.
WAYNE, Christopher, DOMiamiFL09-30-201306-13-2014Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Dispense and Distribute Oxycodone, Healthcare FraudWayne was sentenced to 70 months incarceration, followed by three years of supervised release. Wayne was also ordered to pay $1,649,042 in restitution.Surrendered 07-15-2011According to court documents, Christopher Wayne, DO, of Miami, FL, pled guilty on February 18, 2014 in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, to one count Conspiracy to Dispense and Distribute Oxycodone Outside the Scope of Professional Practice and Not for Legitimate Medical Purpose; and one count Health Care Fraud. Wayne was the owner and sole practitioner at Miami Urgent Care and Rehab Center. Between December, 2007 and August, 2009, with the purpose of unlawfully enriching himself, Wayne knowingly and willfully submitted false and fraudulent claims to Medicare for therapeutic procedures, including electrical stimulation, ultrasounds, and other treatments and services that were not provided by qualified clinic staff or were not medically necessary. Between April, 2010 and July, 2011, Wayne knowingly and intentionally conspired to dispense and distribute, and did dispense and distribute, Schedule II Controlled Substances, including Oxycodone, outside the scope of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose.
WEAVER, Brian W, MDAtlantaGA01-09-201008-05-2010Pled GuiltyDistribution of HydrocodoneOn January 4, 2011 Weaver was sentenced to 27 months incarceration, followed by three years of supervised release. Surrendered 01-08-2009According to court documents, between on or about January, 2007 and January, 2010, Brian Weaver knowingly and intentionally wrote prescriptions for an internet pharmacy, MARSH”S SUN FRESH, operating out of Sikeston, Missouri for Hydrocodone, a Schedule III Controlled Substance. Weaver wrote these prescriptions outside the scope of professional practice and for no legitimate medical purpose while in his residence in Atlanta, Georgia without any medical examinations. While writing these prescriptions, Weaver did not have a license to practice medicine in either Missouri or Georgia. In total, Weaver wrote illegal prescriptions for over 26,000 dosage units of Hydrocodone.
WEBB, David W, MDDestinFL02-04-200909-30-2009Jury ConvictionHealthcare Fraud; Healthcare Fraud Resulting in Death; Dispensing a Controlled Substance; Conspiracy to Commit Healthcare Fraud; Conspiracy to Distribute, Dispense Controlled SubstanceWebb was sentenced to concurrent life sentences on the three death-results convictions and numerous lesser concurrent sentences on the other 127 convictions. He was ordered to pay $59,239.32 in restitution.Surrendered 04-04-2009According to court documents, David Webb, MD of Destin, FL, was found guilty in US District Court, Northern District of Florida, of 130 counts arising from his wire fraud, health care fraud and unlawful dispensing of Controlled Substances. Three counts of conviction charged that a patient’s death resulted from the use of controlled substances dispensed by Webb or from his health care fraud violation. Between November, 2002 and May, 2007, Webb prescribed Controlled Substances to patients without determining a sufficient medical necessity for the prescriptions of those Controlled Substances. By prescribing these Controlled Substances, Webb was acting outside the usual course of professional practice. Webb failed to medically monitor his patients or address the abuse of the Controlled Substances he prescribed to his patients.
WEINSTEIN, Paul, MDLawrenceMA04-09-200901-19-2011Pled GuiltyDistribution of OxycodoneWeinstein was sentenced to 63 months incarceration followed by 36 months of supervised release. Weinstein was also ordered to pay a fine of $15,000 and complete 100 hours of community service during his supervised release.Surrendered 04-09-2009According to court documents, Paul Weinstein, MD, of Lawrence, MA, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, to four counts Distribution of Oxycodone Outside the Scope of Professional Practice. Weinstein from early 2008 to April, 2009 knowingly and intentionally sold prescriptions for Oxycodone (including the brand OxyContin) to various individuals. Weinstein received cash payments from these individuals for the prescriptions. Weinstein did not prescribe Oxycodone for these individuals for any legitimate medical purpose in the usual course of his professional practice. Weinstein sold these prescriptions for profit.
WERTHER, Norman, MDWillow GrovePA08-10-201109-24-2013Jury ConvictionConspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance; Distribution of a Controlled Substance Resulting in Death; Distribution of a Controlled Substance; Maintaining a Drug-Involved Premises; and Money LaunderingWerther was sentenced to 25 years incarceration, followed by three years supervised release.  Werther was also ordered to pay a $25,000 fine; a $30,900 special assessment fee; and forfeit $10,000,000.00.  Surrendered 08-22-2011According to court documents, Norman Werther, MD, of Willow Grove, PA, was found guilty in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, of one count of Distribution of a Controlled Substance Resulting in Death, five counts of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance; one count of Maintaining a Drug-Involved Premises; 117 counts of Money Laundering, and over 180 counts of Distribution of a Controlled Substance. From on or about February 2009, to on or about August 2011, Werther, while running a family practice/physical therapy and rehabilitation practice, conspired to distribute Oxycodone, a Schedule II Controlled Substance, to pseudo (fake) patients recruited by one of the at least six different drug trafficking organizations (DTO).  Werther was part of multi-million dollar drug conspiracy involving thousands of illegal prescriptions, phony patients, and multiple DTOs.  Werther was paid for each prescription he wrote to these pseudo patients, who in turn, provided the pills to the heads of each DTO to be resold in bulk to street level drug traffickers for a profit.  During the course of the conspiracy, Werther was responsible for the illegal distribution of over 1,000,000 Oxycodone pills. Werther was also convicted of causing the death of a patient not related to any of the six DTOs by illegally prescribing this patient, an admitted recovering drug addict who Werther had been treating with Suboxone, large amounts of Oxycodone pills; this patient died within 24 hours of ingesting the Oxycodone pills he obtained via a prescription from Werther.
WHITE, Larry C, DORochesterMI04-19-200704-15-2008Pled GuiltyIllegal distribution of Schedule II Controlled SubstancesWhite was sentenced to federal prison for a term of one year and one day followed by three years of supervised release. White was ordered to pay a special assessment of $100 and a fine of $50,000.Retired 04-25-2008According to court documents, Larry Curtis White, DO, age 67, of Rochester, MI, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, to one count of illegal distribution of Schedule II Controlled Substances. White distributed Percodan (Oxycodone) to a patient without an appropriate inquiry to determine if the patient had a legitimate medical need for this controlled substance prescription, as White knew he was required to do. The patient’s file contained a note that a hospital had reported drug abuse and a comment that the patient had “drug seeking behavior” and “obtaining too many narcotics and drug seeking tendencies.”
WILBIRT, David A, MDTempeAZ08-12-200808-22-2008Pled GuiltyConspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Anabolic SteroidsWilbirt was sentenced to four months incarceration followed by 36 months of supervised release. Surrendered 07-27-2005According to court documents, David A. Wilbirt, MD, of Tempe, AZ, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama, to one count of Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Anabolic Steroids. Wilbirt also pled guilty to a separate count of money laundering. Wilbirt, beginning in 2001 and continuing through June, 2005, knowingly and intentionally conspired to unlawfully dispense and distribute anabolic steroids (Schedule III Controlled Substances) outside the scope of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose. Wilbert also knowingly conducted unlawful financial transactions involving the illicit proceeds of his drug distribution with the intent of furthering his conspiracy to unlawfully dispense and distribute anabolic steroids.
WILCOX, Simmon L, MDSt. GeorgeUT11-21-201301-28-2016Jury ConvictionConspiracy to Distribute Oxycodone and Distribution of OxycodoneWilcox was sentenced to eight years and four months imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release. Wilcox unsuccessfully appealed his conviction and sentence. Surrendered 02-28-2013According to court documents, Dr. Simmon Wilcox, of Las Vegas, Nevada, was found guilty of Conspiracy to Distribute Oxycodone, and Distribution of Oxycodone by a jury on January 28, 2016, in the United States District Court for the District of Utah. Wilcox operated a general practice medical clinic in St. George, Utah. Wilcox did not possess a DEA registration to prescribe Controlled Substances in the state of Utah, although he did have registrations and other medical practices in Nevada and Pennsylvania. From July 2010 until March 2013, Wilcox issued over 600 prescriptions out of his St. George, Utah practice resulting in the diverson of approximately 74,000 Oxycodone pills without legitimate medical purpose and outside the usual course of professional practice. Wilcox issued these prescriptions to several co-conspirators, each using several fictional names supported by forged driver’s licenses. Wilcox was aware the drugs were being sold on the street.
WILLIAMS, Monique B, MDLos AngelesCA11-03-200811-03-2008Pled GuiltyUnlawful Distribution and Dispensing of a Schedule II Controlled SubstanceWilliams was sentenced to 36 months incarceration, followed by three years supervised release. Surrendered 10-02-2008According to court documents, Monique Bridget Williams, MD, age 42, of Los Angeles, CA, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, Central District of California, to one count of writing prescriptions for OxyContin for people she did not examine and who did not need the powerful painkiller in exchange for cash. Williams intentionally issued prescriptions and dispensed Controlled Substances, primarily Oxycodone, without conducting medical examinations and with no legitimate medical purpose. Oxycodone, sold under the brand name OxyContin, is a prescription painkiller used to treat moderate to high levels of pain. Williams admitted to selling prescriptions and the narcotics for as much as $25 per pill.
WILLIAMS, Michael L, MDPalestineTX10-12-200609-25-2008Pled No ContestUnlawfully Obtaining a Controlled Substance (Dihydrocodeinone) by the Use of False / Forged PrescriptionWilliams was sentenced to two years confinement. The confinement was suspended and Williams was ordered to complete two years probation and perform 160 hours of community service.Surrendered 09-05-2007According to court documents, Michael Williams, MD, age 40, of Palestine, TX, pled no contest to Unlawfully Obtaining a Controlled Substance (Dihydrocodeinone) by the Use of False/Forged Prescription. Williams unlawfully, intentionally and knowingly obtained a Controlled Substance, Dihydrocodeinone, by presenting a prescription to legally licensed pharmacist in a fictitious name.
WILLIAMS, Warren H, MDCharlotteNC04-20-200505-15-2006Pled GuiltyHealthcare Fraud; Illegal Distribution of a Controlled Substance; Aiding and AbettingWilliams was sentenced to one year and one day for each count to run concurrently, three years supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $59,885.64.Surrendered 10-12-2004According to court documents, Warren Williams, MD, age 55, of Charlotte, NC, pled guilty to one count of health care fraud, and one count of illegal distribution of a Controlled Substance and aiding and abetting. Williams participated in a scheme to defraud private insurance companies by regularly completing and submitting insurance billing forms reflecting charges for medical services not provided and for individuals who were not current patients. Williams also distributed prescription drugs without a legitimate medical purpose and outside the scope of medical practice.
WILLIAMS, Warren Sr., MDBaton RougeLA06-12-200808-23-2012Pled GuiltyMisprison of the Illegal Distribution of Controlled SubstancesWilliams was sentenced to three years probation and fined $5,000.Surrendered 07-12-2006According to court documents, Warren Williams Sr., MD, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana, to one count of Misprision of a Felony, specifically the Illegal Distribution of a Schedule II Controlled Substance. In the Spring of 2006, Warren Williams Sr. was employed in a chiropractic clinic in Baton Rouge, LA. During a Spring 2006 meeting, the clinic owner - a chiropractor who did not have the legal authority to prescribe Controlled Substances - informed Williams that he had used Williams’ prescription pad to prescribe Hydrocodone, a Schedule II Controlled Substance, to various persons that the clinic owner had not examined. In order to conceal this illegal distribution of Controlled Substances, the clinic owner asked Williams to initial medical records falsely indicating that the patients who had received the prescriptions from the clinic owner had been examined by Williams. Williams agreed and signed the medical records. In addition to concealing the illegal distribution of Controlled Substances, Williams did not report the crime.
WILLIAMSON, Wayne W, DOKansas CityMO10-22-200911-09-2010Pled GuiltyMedicare and Medicaid Fraud; Conspiracy to Distribute Oxycodone, Percocet, and Xanax; Witness TamperingWilliamson was sentenced to 36 months incarceration, followed by 36 months supervised release. Williamson was also ordered to pay restitution of $2,739.04 and was barred from ever again seeking a license to practice medicine in any state of the United States.Out of Business 09-03-2004According to court documents, Wayne Williamson, of Kansas City, MO, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, Western Division, to one count Medicare and Medicaid Fraud; one count Conspiracy to Distribute Oxycodone, Percocet, and Xanax; and one count Witness Tampering. Between March and July, 2008, Wayne Williamson submitted false invoices to Medicare and Medicaid for “home visits” to government-funded low income apartment complexes for low income individuals. In practice, Williamson met these individuals in the stairwells, elevators, and parking lots of the apartment complexes and did not perform physical examinations, order lab work, or review medical histories of those persons for whom he prescribed Oxycodone and Percocet, Schedule II Controlled Substances, or Xanax, a Schedule III Controlled Substance. In addition to fraudulently billing Medicare and Medicaid for services that were not needed and not performed, Williamson accepted cash payments of between $60 and $150 from his customers for each prescription. Williamson prescribed these Controlled Substances even though he knew that he did not possess a valid medical license or federal and state registrations needed to prescribe Controlled Substances. Between March and July, 2008, Williamson prescribed over 243,000 milligrams of Oxycodone alone. Williamson sold these prescriptions knowing that the persons he was writing prescriptions for did not have a legitimate medical need for these medications and/or were re-selling their medications.
WILLS, Danny R, MDPrincetonWV08-27-200901-05-2009Pled GuiltyObtaining a Schedule III Controlled Substance by FraudWills was sentenced to federal prison for a term of six months followed by one year of supervised release. He was ordered to pay a special assessment of $100 and restitution to the Mercer County Commission in the amount of $863.54.Surrendered 05-19-2009According to court documents, Danny Ray Wills, MD, age 63, of Princeton, WV, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, to one count of knowingly and intentionally obtaining possession of quantities of Hydrocodone, a Schedule III Controlled Substance, by misrepresentation, fraud, deception, and subterfuge. Wills was a Medical Doctor who was also the elected Sheriff of Mercer County, WV. During his tenure as sheriff, Wills ordered and obtained a total of 4,500 units of Hydrocodone, all delivered to the sheriff’s office. Wills admitted that he had dispensed Hydrocodone to himself for about two years without maintaining any records. Wills paid for the Hydrocodone with money from the Mercer County concealed weapons permit fund. Wills admitted that he had abused his position of trust as Sheriff of Mercer County and his special skills as a physician.
WINKLER, Heidi A, MDNorwalkCA06-30-200602-02-2007Pled GuiltyIssuing an Illegal PrescriptionWinkler was sentenced in Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles, to one day in jail, three years probation, 120 hours of community service, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $18,204.11.Active 02-02-2007According court documents, Heidi Ann Winkler, MD, age 54, of Norwalk, CA, pled guilty to prescribing narcotics without a legitimate purpose. Winkler was over-prescribing Controlled Substances, primarily Vicodin, to individuals without a legitimate medical purpose.
YANIZ, Adolph, MDMerrillvilleIN11-13-200912-14-2011Pled GuiltyDistribution of Hydrocodone and Alprazolam, Schedule III and IV Controlled SubstancesYaniz was sentenced to five years incarceration, followed by three years supervised release. Yaniz was also ordered to participate in substance abuse treatment, perform 200 hours of community service, and pay $71,577.27 in restitution to Medicaid and Medicare. Retired 11-18-2009According to court documents, Adolph Yaniz, MD, of Merrillville, IN, pled guilty on 9/21/2010, in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, to two counts of Distribution of Hydrocodone and Alprazolam – Schedule III and IV Controlled Substances. Yaniz was a licensed medical doctor in Merrillville, IN. On or about October, 2008 and February, 2009, Yaniz knowingly and intentionally wrote prescriptions for Hydrocodone, a Schedule III Controlled Substance, and Alprazolam, a Schedule IV Controlled Substance, without legitimate medical purpose and outside the usual course of professional practice.
YASSINE, Bassam, MDGlendoraCA07-10-200706-30-2008Pled GuiltyUnlawful Distribution of Controlled SubstancesYassine was sentenced to 37 months incarceration, followed by three years supervised release; and a fine $7,500. Expired 05-31-2009According to court documents, Bassam Yassine, MD, age 40, of Glendora, CA, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, Central District of California, to one count of Unlawful Distribution Controlled Substances. Yassine knowingly, intentionally, and unlawfully distributed or dispensed, for a fee, 100 dosage units of Hydrocodone, a Schedule III Controlled Substance, without any legitimate medical purpose, with little or no medical examinations or tests, and outside the course of medical practice.
YEE, Jerry, DOWauwatosaWI10-17-201405-06-2015Pled GuiltyAttempt to Unlawfully Dispense Percocet and Oxycodone for No Legitimate Medical PurposeYee was sentenced to 12 months and one day incarceration, followed by 36 months of supervised release, and ordered to pay an assessment of $200.Surrendered 01-14-2014According to court documents, Jerry Yee, MD, of Wauwatosa, WI, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, to two counts of Attempting to Unlawfully Dispense Percocet and Oxycodone for No Legitimate Medical Purpose. On or about June, 2010 and March, 2013, Yee, a doctor of osteopathic medicine, knowingly and intentionally attempted to distribute Percocet and Oxycodone, Schedule II Controlled Substances, outside the scope of professional practice and for no legitimate medical purpose.
YEZBICK, Alphonse, DOWest BloomfieldMI05-03-200502-08-2006Pled GuiltyUnlawful Practice of Medicine; Delivery and Manufacture of a Controlled SubstanceYezbick was sentenced to 14 days imprisonment, followed by two years probation.Surrendered 09-25-2001According to court documents, Alphonse Yezbick, DO, age 77, of West Bloomfield, MI, pled guilty in state court to unlawful practice of medicine and delivery and manufacture of a Controlled Substance.
YUN, In Whan, MDWrensGA04-10-200703-18-2008Pled GuiltyUnlawful Dispensing of a Controlled SubstanceYun was sentenced to probation for a term of five years and assessed fines of $5,100. Yun was also ordered to forfeit $200,000 which constituted an approximation, or estimate, of monies improperly received by the doctor for illegal dispensing.Retired 03-27-2008According to court documents, In Whan Yun, MD, age 69, of Wrens, GA, pled guilty in federal court to one count of unlawful dispensation of a Controlled Substance. Yun knowingly, intentionally and unlawfully dispensed, by means of a written prescription, the Schedule III Controlled Substance Hydrocodone outside the usual course of professional practice and without legitimate purpose relating to the practice of medicine.
ZAMPOGNA, Jennifer, MDMechanicsburgPA06-25-200709-29-2009Pled GuiltyAcquiring or Obtaining Possession of Controlled Substance by Misrepresentation; Refusal to Keep Required Records; Sale / Give Controlled Substance to Drug-Dependent Person; Administration of Controlled Substance by Practitioner; Dispensing Controlled Substance by Practitioner without Proper LabelingZampogna was sentenced to 23 months probation and ordered to pay a fine and court costs of $15,000.Surrendered 11-20-2006According to court documents, Jennifer Zampogna, of Mechanicsburg, PA, pled guilty in the Court of Common Pleas of Cumberland County to one count Acquiring or Obtaining Possession of Controlled Substance by Misrepresentation, one count Refusal to Keep Required Records, one count Sale/Give Controlled Substance to Drug-Dependent Person, one count Administration of Controlled Substance by Practitioner, and one count Dispensing Controlled Substance by Practitioner without Proper Labeling.
ZOUAIRBANI, Mohamed, MDVega AltaPR05-18-200907-14-2011Pled GuiltyDistribution of Oxycodone, Alprazolam, and HydrocodoneZouairbani was sentenced to one year and one day incarceration, followed by three years supervised release. Zouairbani was also fined $3,200 and ordered to forfeit $1,032,103.Surrendered 05-22-2009According to court documents, Mohamed Zouairbani, MD, of Vega Alta, Puerto Rico, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, District of Puerto Rico, to 32 counts charging distribution of controlled substances: Oxycodone, Alprazolam and Hydrocodone. Between December 30, 2004 and May 18, 2009, Mohamed Zouairbani knowingly and intentionally distributed Oxycodone, a Schedule II Controlled Substance, Hydrocodone, a Schedule III Controlled Substances and Alprazolam, a Schedule IV controlled substance, outside the scope of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose.

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