An Orange County physician who admitted that he illegally prescribed dangerous, addictive painkillers to “patients” he barely examined during meetings that were often held at Starbucks stores was sentenced to over 11 years in federal prison. The 44-year-old physician from Mission Viejo, California, was sentenced to 135 months in prison.
He pleaded guilty in April to seven counts of illegal distribution of a controlled substance by a practitioner. The doctor specifically admitted that he prescribed drugs, such as oxycodone and alprazolam, “while intentionally acting outside the usual course of professional practice and without a legitimate medical purpose.” According to court documents previously filed in this case, the doctor met with numerous “patients,” including three undercover operatives, during evening meetings at Starbucks across Orange County, where he wrote prescriptions for drugs best known by brand names such as OxyContin, Vicodin and Xanax.
See the United States Attorney's Office for the Central District of California’s Announcement
See also Medical Law Perspectives, May 2013 Report: Drugs, Dosage, and Damage: Physician Liability for Prescribing or Administering Medication