Doctor Drug Dealers: an Unholy Matrimony

 

DRUG DEALING MD

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“Our evidence showed, for most patients, that Bhuthimethee did not operate a legitimate medical practice, but instead was engaged in a scheme to distribute controlled substances illegally, thereby defrauding health care benefit programs, namely, Illinois Medicaid, by running what was in essence a prescription service for drug addicts, commonly known as a ‘pill mill’.”

U. S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton

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In East St. Louis an MD who pleaded guilty to more than a dozen charges of healthcare fraud, has been sentenced to 1 year in prison.

Doctor Viwathna Bhuthimethe, age 68, had previously operated the Walk In Clinic, at 654 E. Broadway in the city of Alton.

According to U. S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton, Bhuthimethee was arrested on 15 charges, which included fraudulent billing of the Illinois State Medicaid program; and illegal drug sales of Xanax and Hydrocodone – specifically, he prescribed narcotics without legitimate medical reasons.

As an example, Bhuthimethee wrote prescriptions for 1,585 narcotic pain pills for two women in less than 18 months.

Witnesses testified that a long line of “patients”‘ cars would be waiting each morning, and on some days the line would stretch down the block.

The state medical board suspended Bhuthimethee’s medical license in the Fall of 2012, for “Violation of federal requirements for record-keeping and dispensing of controlled substances.”

This case was handled as a joint operation of the following agencies: Illinois State Police; Medicaid Fraud Control Bureau; Alton Police Department; the Department of Health and Human Services; the DEA; the FBI and the Illinois State Police.

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Our Observations:

Drug dealer Bhuthimethee graduated from Chulalongkorn University / Faculty of Medicine in Bangkok Thailand in the early 1970’s. He then emigrated to the U.S. and was licensed by the state of Illinois in 1997.

Will this drug dealer and public tax money thief be deported after he is released from prison?

Of course not. The United States does not rid itself of criminal physicians.

We relicense them, and then hide their criminal past from their unsuspecting future patients.

UN-believable.

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Los Angeles MD Convicted of Drug Trafficking

Dr Andrew Sun

Looks almost like a respectable medical office, doesn’t it?

 

Lab coat drug dealers - they are everywhere

Doctor Andrew S. Sun

A California physician who was caught running an illegal drug operation out of two different medical clinics in the East Los Angeles area, was found guilty this week of federal narcotics distribution.

Doctor Andrew Sun, age 78, who lives in the city of La Mirada, was convicted of 17 felonies, most of which involved the selling of prescriptions for Xanax, Soma, liquid codeine and Vicodin to pretty much anyone who walked through the door. Stupidly, the daffy doctor failed to consider that at least some of the people in his waiting room might be undercover DEA agents posing as patients – ready, willing and able to put the brake on his medical maniac agenda.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Sun stayed busy most days amassing his ill-gotten $1,000,000 wealth by writing thousands of fake prescriptions for narcotics to known drug addicts and people with no medical need.” He was found guilty of writing more than 24,000 prescriptions for controlled substances over a four-year span that ended in 2012. The prosecutors proved that Sun MD would sell the prescriptions for $150 each.

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http://www.healthgrades.com/physician/dr-andrew-sun-33rnq/background-check#BackgroundBackgroundCheck_anchor

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During the trial, the federal attorneys played audio recordings for the jury, of conversations between the undercover agents and the wayward doctor. Sun could be clearly heard teaching people what symptoms to lie about to qualify for narcotic prescriptions.

“What’s a legitimate symptom?” the agents would ask. “What’s a good one?”

Sun’s answer was automatic. “Back pain.”

The undercover agent then said, “There you go. Sounds good to me.”

As so often happens in the nether-world of physician “discipline,” the California State Medical Board had known about Sun’s criminal pattern for 10 years. They had placed his medical license on probation years ago for doing exactly what he was caught doing this time. The doctor was ordered by the state Board to send them regular reports on narcotics prescriptions he wrote. It apparently never occurred to them that a physician who would write fraudulent prescriptions might also write fraudulent reports to them.

Stuuu-pid.

Doctor Andrew Sun could face a 150-year federal prison term when he is sentenced in November.

Here is another view of this case:

http://www.lawfuel.com/california-doctor-accused-laundering-proceeds-drug-dealing

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Doctor: ‘Yes, I Killed Paul Beesley, Joyce Curnett, Christina Green, Lorra Hilton, Victoria Pretzer, SaShawn Saatian, Michelle Salazar and Jennifer Zimmerman’

Doctor William M. Valuck

Doctor William M. Valuck: “Yes, I killed them”

In Oklahoma City a physician was convicted this week on 8 charges of Second Degree Murder.

Doctor William M. Valuck, age 71, had changed his “Not Guilty” plea to “Guilty” Wednesday before Judge Susan Johnson in Oklahoma County District Court to the killings. Judge Johnson then sentenced him – coincidentally – to  an eight-year prison term.

 Valuck, a former surgeon, was proven by prosecutors to have directly caused the deaths by over-prescribing narcotics to his patients.

Patients Michelle Salazar, Paul Beesley, Jennifer Zimmerman, Joyce Curnett, Christina Green, Lorra Hilton, Victoria Pretzer and SaShawn Saatian, all died as the result of prescription drug toxicity.

DEA agent Mary Surovec told the court that she witnessed entire carloads of so-called “patients” arrive at the Advanced Care Clinic where Valuck worked. Many reported they were issued Oxycodone hydrocodone and alprazolam.

Valuck showed no emotion throughout the proceedings and made no comment while being led to and from the courtroom.

In exchange for his admission, more than 5 dozen illegal drug distribution charges against the wayward physician were dropped

Prosecutors stated that because of Valuck’s poor health and advanced age, they offered a guilty plea arrangement, and the doctor agreed.

Here’s more:

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/08/13/ex-oklahoma-doctor-pleads-guilty-to-second-degree-murder-in-8-patients-drug/

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Our Observations:

One year in jail for each murder.

Think about that.

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Doctors as Drug Pushers: What a Perfect Karmic Marriage

 

Dr Najam Azmat

Dr Najam Azmat

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Federal investigators say the surgeries performed by Azmat were worthless, medically unnecessary and killed people.

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In Savannah Georgia federal court a jury has convicted Doctor Najam Azmat, age 57, on narcotics conspiracy charges; money-laundering and 49 counts of drug dealing.

Investigators learned that in less than a one-month period of time, for example, while working at East Health Center in Garden City, Azmat wrote prescriptions for 196 patients – nearly all of whom received prescriptions for oxycodone, a highly additive painkiller, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The clinic was so well-known to drug addicts that people came from as far as Florida, Kentucky and Ohio and typically paid $300 each to see Azmat or other physician drug dealers. Azmat’s “patients” testified in court that that they were addicted to oxycodone and learned of the clinic through rival pill mills in Florida.

The corrupt MD was paid $2,000 at the end of each work day for prostituting his medical license.

Five others staff members have also pleaded guilty.

Here’s a DEA Press Release about the case:

http://www.justice.gov/dea/divisions/atl/2014/atl012314.shtml

The investigation of East Health Center was a joint effort conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration; Georgia Bureau of Investigation; Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team; the IRS and the U.S. Marshals Service.

Najam Azmat will spend the next 11 years in federal prison.

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Here are two more daffy docs who couldn’t seem to toe the ethical line:

Doctor Sherri W. Pinsley of Boynton Beach Florida

Dr Sherri Pinsley

Dr Sherri Pinsley

 

Doctor Cleveland J. Enmon Jr. of Brunswick Florida

Dr Cleveland J. Enmon

Dr Cleveland J. Enmon

Our Observations:

Prior to his life of crime, Najam Azmat graduated from Khyber Medical University in Pakistan, in 1982. He emigrated to the U.S. and . . . well, you know the rest.

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Alabama MD Goes Down in “Drugs for Sex” Scheme

Dr Joseph Ngui Mwau Ndolo

Dr Joseph Ngui Mwau Ndolo

In the city of Fairhope a 60-year-old physician has changed his “Not Guilty” plea to “Guilty” to multiple federal drug charges.

Doctor Joseph Ngui Mwau Ndolo, who specialized in internal medicine, admitted in Southern District Court of Alabama that between the years 2008-2013, he sold narcotics for profit out of his office.

According to U.S. Attorney Kenyen Brown, Ndolo ran a “pill mill” for at least 5 years out of his  private clinic, Premier Internal Medicine in Fairhope.

Investigators learned also that the corrupt doctor would routinely swap oxycodone and other narcotics for sex with his so-called “patients.” People in the neighborhood came to call Ndolo’s clinic the “candy store” because of the ease with which anyone could buy drugs.

Prosecutors were able to show how the manic medic put his patients’ safety in jeopardy by – for instance – writing medically needless prescriptions without conducting patient examinations.

Ndolo was ordered to surrender his medical license by the Alabama state board. He faces a penalty of 20 years in prison for each drug charge. He is scheduled to be sentenced August 22.

Here’s more:

http://www.albme.org/AlbmeSearchWeb/showLicense/pdf;jsessionid=90FD814CFCA0DEE32CA1FB59BE8A7E75?id=72825&typeName=MD

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This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and was  prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Gregory Bordenkircher and Sinan Kalayoglu.

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Two More Doctor Drug Dealers Sit Behind Bars. What the Hell Else is New?

Dr Leonard Stampler

Dr Leonard Stambler

Dr Stan Li

Dr Stan Li

In the state of New York two more wayward physicians have been found guilty of narcotic drug distribution. One particular clinical cretin was sentenced this week to 10 years in federal prison for illegally prescribing oxycodone.

Doctor Leonard Stambler, age 63 of Baldwin Harbor, faced U.S. District Judge Joseph Bianco long enough to get slapped with the maximum punishment under the existing sentencing guidelines.

Stambler MD was actually taken into custody in November 2011, as one of numerous criminals arrested during a Drug Enforcement Agency crackdown which included IRS agents and New York State Police.

The other medically degreed dim-wit is Doctor Stan Li, a 60-year-old charlatan from Queens who operated a drug-dealing front called Medical Pain Management in the city of Flushing. Li was found guilty of nearly 200 charges including manslaughter in the death of two overdosed “patients;” reckless endangerment of 6 other patients;  falsifying medical records and dozens of other narcotic-related crimes.

The DEA raids were the result of a law enforcement sweep to curb illegal onslaught of oxycodone sales. The bad-doctor dragnet escalated after a man named David Laffer killed four people in a Long Island pharmacy while stealing prescription drugs in June 2011. Laffer had been a regular customer of these two maniacs.

Here’s another view of these cases:

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/07/22/new-york-doctor-gets-10-years-for-illegally-distributing-painkillers/

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2011/11/21/sources-doctor-who-prescribed-medications-to-medford-pharmacy-shooter-david-laffer-arrested/

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Our Observations:

Drug dealer Li graduated from Guangzhou Medical University in China in 1985 and then emigrated to the U.S. Prior to his life of crime Li specialized in anesthesia. Like so many thousands of other foreign-born MDs, Li learned that plundering American healthcare loopholes was a quicker path to wealth than simply doing his job as a doctor.

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