A Los Angeles-based physician was sentenced to seven years in prison on Wednesday, October 5 for drug dealing out of his offices after being linked to illegally prescribing drugs to known addicts. He is also suspected of being associated with the drug-related deaths of five people since 2007, according to The Los Angeles Times. The physician knowingly prescribed large and dangerous doses of drugs to patients and made hundreds of thousands of dollars by feeding off their addictions. Reportedly, he would receive cash from his patients for the prescriptions and coach them on how to avoid suspicion when filling their prescriptions elsewhere.
Photo Appears Courtesy of The Los Angeles Times After a three-year investigation by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the 72-year-old physician was arrested last October and is now set to begin his seven year sentence and forfeit $450,000 in illegally-gained payments. The judge showed leniency due to the man’s age over what was originally set to be a 20-year sentence. Four of the five deaths attributed to drugs prescribed by the physician occurred after investigations began by the DEA and all were previously-known drug addicts before becoming involved in this case of Los Angeles medical malpractice.
Just recently, drugs have become the number one cause of death in the United States, eclipsing traffic accidents. Addiction is a serious matter and changes not only a person’s life, but the person as a whole. Even after many years of sobriety, a former addict can relapse, as was the case with several of the people who allegedly died in association with this man.
Doctors and physicians are placed in a position of trust due to the nature of their jobs, but when they knowingly violate their oaths and fail to provide a high standard of care, the damage done to patients can be devastating. The Los Angeles wrongful death attorneys at the law offices of Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley have years of experience helping family members of wrongful death victims hold negligent parties liable for their loss. We can help you win the compensation you deserve. Contact us at 213-514-8332 for more information about how we can help you today.