According to the Orange County District Attorney’s office, Doctor Alvin M. Yee, age 44, would routinely organize groups of up to a dozen “patients” per night at Starbucks coffee shops, at various locations throughout Orange County. He would then charge those who gathered between $400-$600 each. In return, Yee provided them with bogus prescriptions for OxyContin, Vicodin and other similar narcotics.
At least one of his so-called patients, a 21 year-old woman from Huntington Beach, died after having received 28 different prescriptions from Yee.
Yee laughed and joked with patients and would tell them business was good, according to witnesses.
One of the “patients” turned out to be an undercover agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Yee, who lived in Mission Viejo, was arrested in October, 2011 and has been free on $500,000 bail, set by Judge Robert Block. He was initially charged with 50 counts of criminal narcotics distribution.
Assistant U.S. Atty. Ann L. Wolf, who is prosecuting the case, said the problem of doctors prescribing medications without a legitimate medical purpose is a significant one. Wolf is recommending a 10-year prison term.
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