The owner of three Florida pill mills that made millions of dollars has received a 15-year prison sentence.
Zachary Timothy Rose pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges and was facing up to 30 years in prison, but he received a reduced sentence after he testified against doctors who worked with him and employees of the clinics he owned.
The three Jacksonville pain clinics brought in approximately $9.5 million from their opening in December 2009 to July 2010, when they were closed. Many buyers of Xanax and oxycodone traveled there from Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee, intending to sell the drugs in their home state for a profit.
Rose testified against five of his former associates, including three doctors who wrote thousands of prescriptions, an investor and a manager. Rose said the men knew they were working for an illegal pill mill, but all five men were acquitted after their defense attorneys portrayed Rose as the mastermind and a con artist.
Prosecutors said that the pill mills took advantage of individuals with serious drug addictions and caused injury to innocent people.
Individuals who are taken advantage of by unscrupulous doctors and pill mills in this way may be entitled to compensation through a lawsuit for pharmaceutical negligence. Contact Joyce & Reyes to learn more.