pill mill

A former Florida doctor previously convicted in the overdose death of one of his patients has been sentenced 157 years in prison for drug trafficking.

Doctor’s Conviction Upheld In Pill Mill Case

Aug 4, 2016

A state appeals court Wednesday rejected the arguments of a Broward County doctor who was convicted on charges including racketeering and trafficking in oxycodone after an undercover investigation of a pill mill.

A doctor and eight employees of a South Florida medical clinic are facing manslaughter, racketeering and other charges in what authorities say was a massive pill mill operation.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced the arrests Wednesday as part of a five-year investigation led by the Drug Enforcement Agency and in conjunction with the Office of Statewide Prosecution.

A northeast Florida doctor has been indicted by a federal grand jury for causing a patient's death by selling an illegal combination of pain medications.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says 56-year-old Russell Sachs is being charged with four counts, including of dispensing and distributing controlled substances for no legitimate medical purpose.

The indictment says Sachs gave out morphine, which led to the death of a patient.

Poor health is no excuse to avoid serving time, two health care professionals convicted in separate pill mill schemes have learned.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that both Dr. Ronald John Heromin, 58, of Brandon and pharmacist Steven Goodman, 70, of Treasure Island tried to use physical ailments to alleviate sentences related to their federal court convictions.

New laws and a continued crackdown on corrupt doctors helped reduce Florida’s prescription drug deaths significantly a few years ago. However, a new plague has broken out and needs to be addressed as well, the Orlando Sentinel editorial board reports.

Charges of first-degree murder were dropped against a doctor this week after the state discovered that key parts of the law used to indict him for the overdose deaths of two patients didn’t exist at the time the deaths occurred, the Palm Beach Post reports. On Thursday, prosecutors instead charged Dr.

A former doctor described as “extraordinarily kind” in his pediatric practice was sentenced to nearly six years in prison Tuesday for illegally prescribing oxycodone. Scott Becker admitted prescribing close to one million pills during a seven-month period, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Becker found the job at All Pain Management Clinic on Craigslist.

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office

A Delray Beach doctor who signed a lease saying he wouldn’t be opening a pain clinic appears to be running a pain clinic anyway, the Palm Beach Post reports. Dr. Fernando Jimenez has been arrested after nearby businesses tipped off authorities that patients were looking for him to write prescriptions for powerful pain pills. 

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Two separate Florida pill mill trials are winding down.  In West Palm Beach, a federal jury is expected to begin deliberations this morning in the trial of Dr. Cynthia Cadet of Parkland and Dr.

Christopher George told a jury that he made close to $40 million running pill mills in South Florida with his twin brother, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. He said they took in so much cash they had to store it in garbage cans, the Palm Beach Post reports.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Two South Florida doctors, accused of prescribing narcotics that killed nine patients, are scheduled to go to trial this week, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.  Lawyers for the two, Cynthia Cadet of Parkland and Key  Largo’s Joseph Castronuovo, say they did nothing wrong. 

U.S. Attorney's Office

The latest haul of 33 arrests brings the total so far to 92 charged in Operation Sledgehammer, a joint state and federal investigation of staged car accidents that brought in $20 million, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. 

Orlando Sentinel

An investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration uncovered the source of a national pill-trafficking ring: Encore Pharmacy in Kissimmee, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Investigators say part of the scam involved fraudulent Medicare claims.

Lakeland Ledger

A Tampa doctor who also worked at a pain clinic in Lakeland was more than willing to prescribe hydrocodone to an undercover officer who had no medical need for it, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office says. As the Lakeland Ledger reports, Dr. Aaron Bran­ham Roush has been in trouble before for his prescribing practices.   

Charlotte Observer

To fight Florida’s “pill mills,” U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan is pushing for a change in federal law that would make it harder to get refills on hydrocodone, one of the most addictive prescription drugs, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports. While that kind of abuse is a huge problem in Florida, several other lawmakers are expected to join Buchanan’s cause and support tougher rules for pain pills.

Dr. Daniel McIntire is no stranger to law enforcement, from a 2004 Broward arrest for kidnapping and sexual battery arrest to a 2011 arrest at a Pasco County pill mill, the Tampa Bay Times reports. But McIntire never did time or lost his medical license.