Case Result: Physician Raided by DEA and Police for Drug Diversion and Drug Trafficking Returns to Practice

Internal Medicine Physician

Primary Issue:
The DEA and state police raided a physician’s office and accused him of drug diversion and drug trafficking. The state Board of Medicine filed an emergency suspension and complaint. The physician was a solo practitioner who treated mostly indigent patients.

Benefit of Using Chapman Law Group:
We were retained to assist the physician with the Board of Medicine complaint. We reviewed all of the seized patient files; ran MAP checks on all patients; and statistically analyzed the medications being prescribed, the pain management contracts, the taped and written statements of the informants, and the standard of care for internal medicine under the same or similar circumstances. We reviewed several similar Board decisions. The physician agreed to attend the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP) and have his skills assessed, which he passed. We retained an expert to assist with standard of care issues. We made the argument that the physician did not intentionally distribute narcotics without a legitimate medical need. We asserted alternatively that the physician’s practice model needed improvement, and that with monitoring he should be allowed to continue practicing medicine.

The Board of Medicine agreed to a settlement that lifted the suspension and allowed his return to practice. The following limitations were placed on his medical license for two years: 1) being prohibited from working as a solo practitioner; 2) practice monitor; and 3) certain conditions when prescribing controlled substances.

Areas of Law:
Criminal Defense
Unlawful Prescribing and Dispensing
Professional Licensing Defense
Drug Diversion
Summary Suspension Orders

This information is a sample of our past results. Prospective clients may not obtain the same or similar results. Every case is different and each case must be evaluated and handled on its own merits. The circumstances of your case may differ from the results provided. The information provided has not been reviewed or approved by the State Bar.

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Ronald W. Chapman II, LL.M.

Chairperson of White Collar Defense & Government Investigations

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Troy, MI 48098
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