December 4, 2017

OK Attorney General Charges Doctor, Associates for Operating Pill Mill

Oklahoma City, OK – Attorney General Scott Pruitt recently announced the filing of 29 felony charges and one misdemeanor charge against an Oklahoma City doctor for allegedly running an operation to dispense prescription pills without a legitimate medical purpose, also known as a pill mill.

Dr. Harvey Clarke Jenkins, Jr., who was the principal operator of Aria Orthopedics in Oklahoma City, is alleged to have operated a pill mill and faces charges for distributing and authorizing the distribution of medical narcotics without a doctor-patient relationship and without establishing a medical necessity, among other charges.

Tashanda Renee Dixon, Julie Brown, Michael Wayne Oxley, Taylor Shai Zamarripa, and Elsie Murguia, all employed by Aria Orthopedics, are alleged to be co-conspirators, having willfully and knowingly distributed and prescribed narcotics without the lawful authority to do so, among other charges.

“As Oklahomans know too well, when opioids are not properly prescribed, they can be dangerous and often result in perilous circumstances for individuals,” Attorney General Pruitt said. “Most pain management doctors adhere to strict standards when caring for their patients, but Jenkins prescribed pills with the sole purpose of making money and illegally allowed his associates to do so as well. They not only disregarded the law but endangered the health and safety of Oklahomans in doing so. Their dangerous endeavors make them no better than drug dealers with prescription pads.”

The Attorney General’s Office began investigating Jenkins after receiving a referral from the Oklahoma Health Care Authority.

The Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit contacted the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics with a request to send two undercover agents to Jenkins’ practice to pose as patients. The agents observed Jenkins’ absence as well as the staffs’ continued practice of medicine without the oversite of a licensed medical professional.

A search warrant was executed by the Attorney General’s Office. Seized in the search were patient records, contracts, computer hard drives and other documents revealing Jenkins prescribed harmful and deadly narcotics without proper medical supervision.

“I’d like to thank the attorneys and investigators of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and many other cooperative partners and Oklahoma agencies for their diligent efforts to keep Oklahomans safe – going above and beyond the call of duty to investigate, charge, and close this dangerous operation,” Pruitt said.

Jenkins is charged with 29 total felonies and one misdemeanor: 14 counts of conspiracy to illegally possess/distribute/dispense/prescribe controlled dangerous substances within 2,000 feet of a public park; six counts of making or causing to be made false claims under the Oklahoma Medicaid program; five counts of conspiracy to fraudulently obtain personal identity of another person; one count of conspiracy to practice medicine without a license; four counts of illegally practicing medicine without a license.

Jenkins’s co-conspirators are all charged with 14 counts of conspiracy to illegally possess/distribute/dispense/prescribe controlled dangerous substances within 2,000 feet of a public park and one count of conspiracy to practice medicine without a license. In addition to these counts, each co-conspirator is charged with the following:

Dixon is charged with six counts of making or causing to be made false claims under the Oklahoma Medicaid program and five counts of conspiracy to fraudulently obtain personal identity of another person.

Brown is charged with six counts of making or causing to be made false claims under the Oklahoma Medicaid program, five counts of conspiracy to fraudulently obtain personal identity of another person, and two counts of illegally practicing medicine without a license.

Oxley is charged with six counts of making or causing to be made false claims under the Oklahoma Medicaid program and five counts of conspiracy to fraudulently obtain personal identity of another person.

Zamarripa is charged with six counts of making or causing to be made false claims under the Oklahoma Medicaid program and two counts of illegally practicing medicine without a license.

Murguia is charged with five counts of conspiracy to fraudulently obtain personal identity of another person.

Source: OK AG’s Office

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