LAKE WORTH, FLORIDA (May 18, 2011) – The DEA’s Operation Pill Nation
crackdown thought it was just another pill mill investigation, but in a strange twist the agency also found that Dr. Cesar DeLeon, a Lake Worth physician was not operating the typical pill mill out of his clinic, the Trinity Medical Center. The doctor received methods of compensation other than money for prescriptions; he was sometimes paid with sex.
Dr. DeLeon was indicted for illegal distribution of the narcotic painkiller, Oxycodone, and the DEA’s investigation concluded that the good doctor had not only traded illegal prescriptions for addictive controlled substances, but also offered free office visits and money in exchange for sexual favors from patients.
For this unusual method of pill mill operation, Dr. DeLeon faces up to 20 years for each of the 55 counts he was indicted on and a $1,000,000 fine if he is convicted.
Healthcare Fraud Blog Publisher, Attorney Robert Malove, is an expert criminal trial lawyer as recognized by The Florida Bar. Mr. Malove has extensive experience in the area of health care fraud defense.
Mr. Malove has extensive experience in the area of pill mill defense and represents the Florida Academy of Pain Medicine, Florida Academy of Physician Assistants, American Academy of Pain Management, and Florida Society of Neurology and has filed an amicus curiae brief in federal court challenging the constitutionality of the Florida statutes regulating the operation of pain clinics, i.e., pill mills.
If you, or someone you know is facing prosecution as a result of aggressive law enforcement activity of pill mills or doctor shopping, make sure you hire an experienced criminal defense attorney who is familiar with the issues.
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If you or someone you know is a healthcare provider and in need of serious pill mills, doctor shopping or any healthcare fraud defense, please contact attorney Robert Malove, co-author of the noted treatise, WHITE COLLAR CRIME: HEALTH CARE FRAUD (West)(2010-2011 ed.) to arrange an immediate consultation.