Oliver Herndon, 40, has been sentenced to more than 11 years in federal prison and received $700,000 in fines for supplying patients with illegal painkillers at his Pittsburgh-area medical practice. He has also been stripped of his medical license.
Herndon pleaded guilty on Monday, September 24, 2012 to a charge of intentionally prescribing controlled substances, such as oxycodone and oxymorphone, without a legitimate medical purpose. He also pleaded guilty to a charge of health care fraud for charging the health care providers that paid for the unnecessary drugs. Herndon agreed to the sentence imposed by the U.S. District Court for Western Pennsylvania.
Herndon was arrested last fall when the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) responded to a tip from local pharmacies concerned with Herndon’s unusually large number of prescriptions. The DEA raided Herndon’s office and found that his patients had been given prescriptions to more than 200 pharmacies, 87 of which had enacted policies to stop filling Herndon’s prescriptions.
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