Doctor, Nurse Convicted in Drug Case
A federal grand jury convicted a doctor of 35 counts involving unlawful drug distribution, health care fraud, and money laundering and his sister, a licensed practical nurse, of 12 counts involving health care fraud and money laundering. Although the doctor was not a pain management specialist and his medical clinic did not hold itself out as a pain management clinic, approximately 85% of its patients received opioid prescriptions.
Although the doctor and his physician wife did not have training in allergy medicine, the pair would order patients with health insurance to take allergy tests and submit to allergy treatments they didn’t need. He even forced some patients to take unwanted allergy tests by withholding their opioid prescriptions if they refused. Read a Department of Justice press release.
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