Drug-Pushing Doctors and Their ‘Pill Mill’ Games: Will it Never Stop?

MED FRAUD

In Dallas an MD who operated a sham, cash-only clinic has exhausted his legal appeals and will continue to sit in a federal prison cell for another 11 years.

Doctor Nicolas A. Padron, who had lived in the Dallas suburb of Garland, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Barbara Lynn to 87 months last October. Padron had wisely changed his “not guilty’ plea to “guilty” in September 2013, to Conspiracy to Distribute Narcotics. Judge Lynn then ordered the wayward physician to forfeit all bank accounts; two luxury cars; his home and a boat,

U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas, announced that the prosecution proved its case, that Padron and co-conspirator Jose L. Martinez opened Padron Wellness Clinic, located at 1000 Emerald Isle Drive in Dallas in October 2010. PWC’s sole function was to operate as a “pill mill” – a lucrative drug dealing center on the pretense of a clinic. Martinez, age 54, was convicted at trial in February 2014 on conspiracy to unlawfully distribute narcotics and is awaiting sentencing.

Others involved who were also sentenced:

  • Joseph Austin, age 60, was sentenced to seven years
  • Patricia A. Bryant, age 60, was sentenced to four and a half years
  • Dennis J. Wade, age 36, was sentenced to 21 months
  • Allen C. Burkins Jr., age 43, awaiting sentencing

All four acted as drug dealers recruiting fake “patients,” many from homeless shelters, driven in minivans in groups to the so-called clinic. The dealers would routinely walk the people into the clinic, coordinate with Martinez, and pay cash for the office visits. Doctor Padron would often see several patients at the same time in an exam room, where they would be issued 30-day prescriptions for 120 pills of hydrocodone and up to 90 pills of alprazolam. Padron would ‘diagnose” the drug users and sellers with “lower back pain” and
“anxiety disorder.” Treatment was non-existent, and the “prescriptions” were medically unnecessary and outside the scope of his professional practice.

The co-conspirator dealers would then drive groups of patients to Urban Independent Pharmacy, located at 6300 Samuel Blvd., in Dallas, to get the prescriptions filled. Convicted co-conspirator and pharmacist Lisa Hollier, age 44, of Sunnyvale, owned and operated the pharmacy. She would fill the bogus prescriptions without question. She was convicted last year and given a five-year term in federal prison.

At Urban Independent Pharmacy, Lisa Hollier would accumulate large amounts of hydrocodone and alprazolam in pre-filled containers, to meet the demands of all the customers pouring in from the make-believe medical clinic. The dealers would give money to the street people to pay for the drugs in the parking lot. After Hollier filled the prescriptions, the street people would give the dealers the pills, which they sold on the street for a profit. the homeless folks would be driven back to where they had been found, with a little cash in their pockets.

Daffy Doc Padron is already serving time on an unrelated case, one in which his role as the “medical director” of something called A Medical House Calls, got him into trouble. In that scam he paid doctor visits to Medicare patients in their homes; made up medical problems; charged their insurance to fix the imaginary conditions. At trial, Padron was also ordered to repay the $9,000,000 he stole from Medicare and Medicaid in that scheme.

A total of 17 conspirators have been locked up in this case alone. Here’s more:

http://www.justice.gov/usao/txn/PressRelease/2014/JUL2014/jul14Hollier_sent.html

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