According to an article from chicagotribune.com, a Virginia doctor has been sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison for allegedly writing tens of thousands of prescriptions for muscle relaxants and other drugs. Apparently, the doctor provided these prescriptions over the Internet and did not meet or examine any of the patients. In addition to the seven counts held against him for introducing misbranded drugs into interstate commerce, the doctor was also charged with four counts of tax evasion. He pleaded guilty to all the charges against him.
The doctor was also sentenced in the city of Boston’s federal court to three years of probation following release from his one-year sentence. Based on the article, prosecutors argued that between 2004 and 2007, the doctor gave out about 50,000 to 100,000 prescriptions based on forms refined for online pharmacies. He was reportedly paid $5 to $7 per prescription and never reported this income to the IRS.
Even though the doctor in this drug crime case pleaded guilty to the charges against him, doing so is not something that applies to every criminal case. A guilty plea may benefit a defendant if it means facing a lowered sentence or being given the opportunity of probation instead of jail time. However, a person being accused of a drug crime in Maryland may want to discuss serious matters such as these with an experienced Maryland drug crime defense attorney.