In Palm Beach County Florida another physician was sent off to state prison this month after being found guilty of narcotic drug pushing. And his daffy-doc buddy won’t be far behind.
Doctor Stuart Fox, age 65, walked out of Judge Dina Keever’s courtroom with his hands in shackles. He is merely one of more than 300 physicians nationside convicted last year for drug-pushing – specifically in his case, Conspiracy to traffic in oxycodone.
The end of this sordid case – which began when Fox was arrested in 2013 –came 10 days after Judge Keever held off sentencing his former partner in crime, Doctor John Christensen. Christensen, also 65, had already confessed in court to being responsible for 2 patient overdose deaths, as well as Conspiracy to traffic narcotics.
A former Palm Beach County doctor, John Christensen, was sentenced to just 1 year in federal prison on healthcare fraud. As part of a plea arrangement with state prosecutors, the federal sentence will serve as Christensen’s punishment for the overdose deaths of 2 patients, along with a conspiracy to traffic oxycodone charge.
Christensen, who had owned and operated 3 clinics in Daytona Beach, West Palm Beach and Port St. Lucie, also begins his prison term this month. Authorities said Fox worked at Christensen’s West Palm Beach office. Both MDs were arrested on July 11, 2013, on similar drug scheme charges.
Christensen was originally charged with 2 counts of First Degree Murder, but the charges were reduced to Manslaughter in exchange for a guilty plea. He took responsibility for the deaths of Florence Garrett on Sept. 27, 2007, and Pawel Staniszewski on Aug. 7, 2008 – both were residents of West Palm Beach. The former doctor was accused of prescribing oxycodone and an anti-anxiety drug to Garrett, and prescribing methadone to Staniszewski, before they died.
Here’s another look at this case: