“The abuse and distribution of opioid-based pharmaceutical drugs are at epidemic proportions in Alabama and across the United States. Unfortunately, some physicians have abandoned their Hippocratic oath and responsibilities to their patients and communities. Blinded by the allure of greed, deadly and highly addictive pharmaceutical drugs are distributed without regard. The abuse of opioid-based drugs can, and often does have deadly consequences.” (DEA Special Agent Clay A. Morris)
Countless thousands of immigrant doctors have made the United States there home over the past four decades, and their numbers appear to be accelerating. Regretfully, the number of foreign-born physicians who have turned to a life of crime in our communities, to meet their wealth-building agendas, is also – by all measurable criteria – an ugly and alarming trend. Here’s one case of 219 that we have in our files:
In the city of Jasper Alabama a pain management physician changed his “not guilty” plea to “guilty” last week, to writing thousands of prescriptions for no legitimate medical need.
Doctor Muhammad Wasim Ali, age 51, the owner/operator of the Walker Rural Health Care/Jasper Neurological clinic, made the decision to confess the same morning that he was due to go on trial before U.S. District Judge Scott Coogler in Tuscaloosa. Ali admitted to 10 charges of illegally distributing narcotics “outside the scope of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose” to three people working undercover with law enforcement, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and Drug Enforcement Administration Assistant Special Agent in Charge Clay Morris.
Ali was arrested in March and had his DEA Controlled Substances Registration revoked.
The court record shows that the wayward physician illegally prescribed more than 1,000 oxycodone pills to three different undercover agents over a 3-month period that ended in November. 2014. During these “patient” visits, Ali performed no appropriate medical exams and asked for no medical records. When law enforcement raided his clinic, detectives discovered that Ali had falsified medical records for the three undercover officers; had referenced fake physical exams and created imaginary diagnoses.
Investigators determined that Ali was writing 52 narcotic prescriptions per day, for morphine, hydrocodone, oxycodone and methadone – more than 99% of all other Alabama doctors.
Ali was originally arrested on more than three dozen felony charges, including 26 similar counts of dispensing controlled drugs to other so-called patients.
Ali will most likely get a two-year prison term and an $85,000 fine.
Ali is an immigrant from Pakistan, having graduated from Dow Medical College in Karachi. The Alabama State Board of Medical Examiners knew full well that Ali had a faulty ethical compass, because they suspended his license temporarily four years ago for the same misbehavior. As far back as 2010 they knew he was routinely “improperly and/or excessively prescribing controlled substances, including OxyContin, Lortab and Norco.”
In other words, medical authorities already knew this man was a drug dealer in a lab coat.
Did they revoke his license? No.
Did they tell him he was on the deportation court docket? Of course not.
The immigrant doctor pill-pusher was fined $10,000 in November of 2012, and was told to enroll in a “medical recordkeeping” class.
He paid the fine; took the bare minimum medical records course – a course that had absolutely NOTHING to do with being a drug dealer – and then went right on pushing pills and making drug money.
Yes, indeed. So how well does vapid physician discipline work out for the American communities where foreign-born doctor-criminals ply their trade?
Lord, love a duck, you people. The garbage behavior we tolerate.