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