A Southern California physician found guilty of blatant drug-dealing was sentenced last month to 3 years in Los Angeles County Jail.
According to the L.A. County District Attorney’s office, Doctor Richard Seongjun Kim, age 44, was convicted on 17 charges of Illegally Prescribing Narcotics on September 20. He owned and operated a small clinic on Western Avenue in Rancho Palos Verdes.
Using undercover agents working with the Drug Enforcement Administration to act as patients, law enforcement officers carried patient medical charts and x-rays into Kim’s clinic to support their request for pain medications. One undercover “patient” brought in an x-ray of a large dog. Kim studied the film and then agreed that the patient’s “condition” merited narcotics to control the “pain.”
Investigators revealed that over a 90-day period in 2014 alone, the drug-dealing doctor wrote numerous prescriptions for Norco, Xanax, Soma and Adderall to so-called patients, after performing no physical exams, taking no patient histories, writing no notes nor creating any medical charts.
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