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Florida doctor wearing ankle monitor regarding drug charges

A Florida doctor and several of members of his staff were recently indicted for fraud and various illegal drug activities. The drug charges and money laundering situation is quite serious; in fact, the doctor was released from jail on a half million dollar bond, but he must wear a GPS tracking device on his ankle while the case is pending. He is also on house arrest between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.

The doctor is accused of writing unnecessary prescriptions for opioid drugs, one of which was said to be Oxycodone, a controlled substance known to pose high risk for addiction. Authorities claim he also cost taxpayers money by billing fraudulent medical consultations. Prosecutors are seeking forfeiture of two homes reportedly owned by the Florida practitioner as well as more than $3 million said to be connected to fraud.

Three of the doctor's staff members have entered not guilty pleas. All were released on bonds but face a maximum of 20 years behind bars if convicted. Between 2015 and 2017, the doctor allegedly prescribed more than one million doses of opioid drugs to supposed medical patients.

The doctor in question has no record of past medical disciplinary actions against him. Florida doctors and other medical professionals who face drug charges are also often called before their medical licensing boards for administrative hearings to determine whether their licenses will be suspended or, perhaps, revoked. In both administrative and criminal hearings, an experienced attorney can be a great asset to have on hand.

Source: sun-sentinel.com, "Doctor prescribed needless pills and bilked Medicare, feds say", Paula McMahon, Feb. 12, 2018

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