Physicians, Pharmacists Face Federal Charges in $41M Opioid Pill Mill Scheme

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Think running a scheme to bill Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance companies for unnecessary opioid prescriptions won’t catch the eye of the government? Think again.

Four doctors, three pharmacists, a pharmacy owner and two nurse practitioners are among 19 people facing federal charges for running an elaborate $41 million “pill mill” operation in Metro Detroit that put nearly 2 million opioids on the black market.

The 44-count indictment, unsealed June 9, states the three-year scheme involved two clinics “whose owner gave doctors cash and other illegal benefits to write prescriptions for ‘fake’ patients with no legitimate need for the drugs,” according to the Detroit Free Press.

“The clinic owner also paid an unlicensed medical professional to pose as a doctor and issue pre-signed prescriptions in the names of other providers, the indictment states.”

‘Catastrophic’ Consequences for Physicians and Pharmacists

We at Chapman Law Group are all too familiar with the after-effects of unlawful prescriptions. Outside of the criminal charges for healthcare fraud, pharmacists and physicians are likely to get their professional medical licenses suspended or revoked, as well as their DEA registration.

“The loss of a DEA registration is catastrophic for a physician,” Ronald W. Chapman II, chair of the firm’s white Collar Defense & Government Investigations practice group, recently explained when he was a guest on The Daily Addict podcast.

“You’ll lose board privileges, the ability to be on a hospital panel, to be able to see patients at a hospital. It may lead to the loss of state licensure. It’ll be reported for a lifetime on the National Practitioners Data Bank.”

Turn to the National Criminal and Healthcare Expertise at Chapman Law Group

If you are a physician charged with healthcare fraud and/or involvement in a pill mill, our attorneys at Chapman Law Group are your best choice. We have thorough understanding of pain management guidelines and the standard of care for prescribing various pain medications, as our extensive team of experts has expertise in nearly every area of medicine.

In addition, we are one of the few law firms in the U.S. that handles criminal law specifically for those in the healthcare profession.

Simply put, our national lawyers are here to provide the comprehensive defense strategy that will cover all the areas of your potential criminal case, your licensing case, and your compliance issues — without the need to seek out the advice of attorneys in scattered fields and locations.

At Chapman Law Group, healthcare professionals are our sole focus. Our attorneys serve healthcare providers throughout the U.S.: in Michigan (including Detroit, Dearborn, Troy, Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids), Florida (Miami, Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando and West Palm Beach), and nationally in regions including Los Angeles and Southern CaliforniaChicago, Pittsburgh, and Washington, D.C. 

We have extensive experience in defending healthcare providers across the U.S. who are faced with criminal charges, including:
 

We represent licensed medical professionals, including:

Our offices are in DetroitMiami and Sarasota, Florida; Los Angeles/Southern California; and Chicago. Contact us today for a consultation.

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