Federal investigators say the surgeries performed by Azmat were worthless, medically unnecessary and killed people.
In Savannah Georgia federal court a jury has convicted Doctor Najam Azmat, age 57, on Narcotics Conspiracy; 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:
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
Doctor Cleveland J. Enmon Jr. of Brunswick Florida
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.