In Houston County, Georgia a U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld both the conviction and sentence of a physician found guilty in a November, 2008 prescription drug abuse case.
Doctor Spurgeon Green, age 74, had been convicted in a jury trial of nearly four dozen felonies, including wrongfully prescribing narcotics and writing false dates on patient prescriptions. According to court documents, federal prosecutors described Green’s medical office as a “pill mill.”
Spurgeon was sentenced to 30 years in federal penitentiary.
One count of the appeal challenged the length of his prison term, which in reality was a life sentence for Green, because of his age.
The appellate court ruled that imposing a 30-year sentence was reasonable, and reiterated that under federal drug-dealing guidelines, the sentence could have been 40 years.
“The district court did not abuse its discretion when it sentenced Green to 30 years of imprisonment,” the ruling stated.
Investigators discovered that Spurgeon’s clinic routinely dispensed “narcotic cocktails” – Oxycodone and other scheduled-2 drugs to any “patient” who could pay cash.
G.F. “Pete” Peterman, Acting U. S. Attorney, stated that the volume of narcotics dispensed by Green was “10 times higher than the national doctor average.”