Not Guilty Verdict In Pill Mill Case
Two doctors convicted of money laundering conspiracy at South Florida pill mills were ordered to forfeit $10,001 each as part of the penalty for their illegal activity.
Dr. Joseph Castronuovo, 74, of Key Largo, and Dr. Cynthia Cadet, 43, of Parkland, were acquitted Tuesday of the most serious charges they were facing — conspiracy to distribute drugs. The doctors were accused of illegally prescribing pain medications to patients who didn’t need them.
Nine of those patients died.
But the federal jury in West Palm Beach found there was not enough evidence to convict the two doctors of taking part in the conspiracy, which resulted in 28 guilty pleas from other doctors and pain clinic owners. The clinics were in Broward and Palm Beach counties. Source, full details
A “pill mill” is a doctor’s office, clinic, or health care facility that routinely conspires in the prescribing and dispensing of controlled substances outside the scope of the prevailing standards of medical practice in the community or violates the laws of the state of Florida regarding the prescribing or dispensing of controlled prescription drugs.
Florida leads the nation in diverted prescription drugs, resulting in seven Floridians dying every day and countless others throughout the nation. Our state has become the destination for distributors and abusers through the proliferation of pill mills.
While legitimate pain-management clinics do exist to serve those with chronic pain or terminal illness, other unscrupulous clinics, called pill mills, merely serve as drug traffickers. Common characteristics of pill mills include: cash-only/no insurance; no appointments; armed guards; little or no medical records; grossly inadequate physical examinations; and large prescription doses of narcotics that exceed the boundaries of acceptable medical care.
2011 Anti-Pill Mill Bill
Attorney General Bondi worked with the Florida Legislature to pass legislation cracking down on Florida’s pill mills. Click Mylegal Florida link to read about the legislation.
Money laundering is a felony, which may be charged in state or federal court. The penalties include jail time, a fine, and the forfeiture of any cash seized by the government. If the cash from an illegal enterprise is deposited in a bank account that contains other funds, the entire bank account could be seized.
Money laundering, or “smurffing” as it is otherwise known, occurs when you conceal the use of funds or money that came from an illegal enterprise. In reality, money laundering charges are usually the result of over-zealous prosecutors.
Any time you deposit cash from an illegal enterprise into a bank account, or attempt to pay someone with cash that was gained from an illegal enterprise, you could be charged with money-laundering. You could also be charged with money laundering if you are a business person or professional, such as a lawyer, who accepts cash payments from clients without reporting the transaction to the IRS. Under Florida and federal law, cash transactions of $10,000 or more have to be reported to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Attempting to structure cash payments to avoid the $10,000 IRS reporting requirement is also a crime.
At the law firm of Andrew D. Stine, P.A., in West Palm Beach, we are very experienced in defending people who are charged with this crime, which is often associated with drug trafficking and fraud charges. To protect your money and your freedom, we will be proactive in addressing the underlying criminal charges, whether that is drug trafficking, fraud, or another white-collar crime.
West Palm Beach Oxycodone Charges Attorney
Oxycodone is a powerful and addictive pain medication that is often abused as recreation. Oxycodone charges include possession of Oxycodone, drug trafficking, racketeering and prescription fraud. These may lead to a mandatory minimum prison sentence of three years or longer, as well as fines and a criminal record that haunts you the rest of your life.
At the law firm of Andrew D. Stine, P.A., in West Palm Beach, Florida, our defense team has many years representing clients charged with drug crimes. We have a thorough understanding of Florida laws and how to apply them to your unique case. Contact our firm to discuss your case in a free initial consultation.
Many Oxycodone offense cases involve false allegations. The police may notice the medication during a routine traffic stop and charge you with possession. If the amount of Oxycodone is over four grams, the police can charge you with drug trafficking. However, neither of these are valid allegations if you have a prescription for the medication or the pills were left over from a former prescription. If you have a prescription, having possession of the drugs is legal.
The law firm of Andrew D. Stine, P.A., is involved in many high profile criminal cases throughout Florida. One of our cases involved a doctor charged with racketeering and administering Oxycodone, Methodone and Roxicodone unlawfully. By being proactive, we can often resolve these cases in our clients’ favor.