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Physician and Wife Indicted for Fraudulent Prescriptions

fatal prescription errorsA case outside of North Carolina involved a grand jury's 34-count indictment against a physician and his wife (a nurse). The indictments allege at least four patient deaths are directly linked to prescriptions from the doctor's office.

The married doctor-nurse couple was charged with one count of conspiracy, five counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance, 11 counts of health care fraud, 13 counts of illegal monetary transactions and four counts of money laundering. The couple pled not guilty in federal court, according to local news reports. If convicted on all counts, then the couple faces 75 years (each) in prison, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Fifty-six of the doctor's patients died from accidental prescription drug overdoses in the last five years, according to the indictment. But thus far, the couple have not been charged with murder.

Court documents substantiate the doctor’s clinic wrote unlawful prescriptions for narcotic painkillers, muscle relaxers and other drugs, including Fentanyl, Methadone, Morphine and Oxycodone.

Investigators Branded the Clinic a “Pill Mill”

Local news reports relayed the couple's clinic in a suburban area of the Midwest was open 11 hours a day, seven days a week. Appointments were scheduled just 10 minutes apart.

The couple was arrested December 19th and remanded to custody by a judge who determined the couple posed a flight risk.

Local news reports showed the couple's clinic had been investigated for years. Prosecutors contend the couple continued fraudulent practices despite the government’s investigation. The following agencies participated in the investigation: U.S. Department of Heath and Human Services, Kansas Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Kansas Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Social Security Administration.

If you believe a doctor or clinic is operating in a suspicious manner, express your concerns to the authorities. If you're concerned for the well-being of yourself or a loved one, seek a second opinion from another physician about the dosage and use of the prescription. For drug injuries or fatalities, schedule a complimentary case review with our drug injury attorneys in Raleigh. We represent individuals across the state and offer consults at one of our five offices, over the phone, in the comfort of your home, or a hospital room, wherever you are recovering.