The Justice Department – Criminal Division Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicholas L. McQuaid, Ohio’s Southern District Acting U.S. Attorney Vipal Patel, the Drug Enforcement Administration – Detroit Division Special Agent in Charge Keith Martin, the FBI’s Cincinnati Field Office Special Agent in Charge William “Chris” Hoffman, and the U.S. Health & Human Services Department – Office of Inspector General’s Chicago Regional Office Special Agent in Charge Lamont Pugh III announced that an Ohio doctor was convicted to three years and four months in prison on 1st March 2021 for his role and participation in illicit controlled substances distribution.
On 5th October 2021, George Griffin, a Medical Doctor, age 71, from Cincinnati, admitted guilty to one charge of illicit controlled substances distribution.
As per the court documents, George Griffin directed controlled substances to patients in volumes and for spans of time that were against the scope of genuine medical practice. George Griffin regularly directed controlled substances to patients even though several “red flags” recommended that he should halt prescribing those prescriptions, change the drugs, and/or advise patients accordingly. Also, as per the court documents, George Griffin directed dangerous combinations of medications known to increase the danger of overdose and death.
The Drug Enforcement Administration; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Health & Human Service Department – Office of the Inspector General; the Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation; the Ohio Attorney General’s Office; and Ohio Board of Pharmacy carried out the case’s investigation.
The Criminal Division – Fraud Section Trial Attorneys Katherine Pridemore and Chris Jason handled the case’s prosecution.
The Fraud Section controls the ARPO (Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid) Strike Force. From its establishment in October 2018, the Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Strike Force, which is operational in ten districts, has indicted 91 accused persons, such as 68 licensed medical specialists, and its casework has focused on the purported unlawful distribution of over 65 million controlled substance prescriptions involving over 350,000 drugs. From its formation in March 2007, the HCFSF (Health Care Fraud Strike Force), which runs 15 strike forces operational in 24 districts, has indicted over 4,200 accused persons who have jointly billed Medicare for nearly 19 billion U.S. dollars. Besides, the Health & Human Service Department Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, working together with the Health & Human Service Department – Office of the Inspector General, are employing measures to improve accountability and reduce fraudulent providers’ presence.
People who think or believe that they might be victims in this matter are advised to visit the Fraud Section’s Victim Witness website for more details.
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