No-show doc, 72, convicted of prescribing controlled substances for cash: $4,000 daily

No-show doc, 72, convicted of prescribing controlled substances for cash: $4,000 daily

(As originally published with additional photos, Fri, January 19th 2024)

MIAMI (TND) — A Florida doctor faces decades behind bars after he was convicted on seven charges of illegally dispensing and distributing controlled substances.

A federal jury convicted Osmin Morales, 72, after his trial, which lasted more than a week.

The feds said Morales “established a purported pain management clinic in which he issued prescriptions,” mostly for oxycodone, morphine, and the tranquilizer alprazolam, also known by its brand name, Xanax.

They said he prescribed to most patients with cash, “without any appropriate medical basis,” and without even examining the patients.

In fact, he often wasn’t in the clinic.

“Morales also often pre-wrote many prescriptions for his office managers to hand out for cash payments of $250,” prosecutors explained.

Some of Morales’s former patients testified.

Also, one patient’s mother who said “she had begged Morales to stop prescribing narcotics to her daughter, because she was becoming dysfunctional, but he continued prescribing them.”

Also, records “of medical examinations he had purportedly conducted” happened on dates “Morales had been out of the country,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection found.

No-show doc, 72, convicted of prescribing controlled substances for cash: $4,000 daily
FILE – Hydrocodone acetaminophen pills in Zelienople, Pa., on Monday, June 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

And, the Drug Enforcement Administration learned “Morales had prescribed opioids to more than a thousand patients, most often the maximum available doses [and research] found that nearly one-third of them had criminal records relating to drug dealing.”

Plus, a former employee “testified that she had collected approximately $4,000 per day, in cash, from patients [and] on most of those days, Morales had not been present at the clinic.”

Morales was convicted of conspiracy to unlawfully dispense and distribute controlled substances, and six counts of unlawfully dispensing controlled substances.

He faces 20 years in prison for each of the seven charges when he’s sentenced April 17.

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