State authorities have announced that a South Florida doctor has received an 18 year prison sentence for his participation in a “pill mill” scheme.
Attorney General Pam Bondi said that the Broward County Sheriff’s Office collaborated with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration to bring the “dangerous drug dealer” to justice.
Dr. Thomas Rodenberg was found guilty of trafficking in oxycodone, racketeering, conspiracy and delivery of oxycodone and other prescription drugs by a jury. He was arrested in August 2012, along with 10 others, after an investigation of a medical clinic in Pompano Beach.
Undercover officers said they visited the clinic posing as patients and were prescribed controlled substances without showing a legitimate medical need. The officers received 55 prescriptions for different controlled substances, including almost 3,000 doses of oxycodone.
Bondi said that Florida has seen a decline in deaths related to prescription drug abuse in part because of crackdowns like this one.
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