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criminal or civil case and the punishment I have an example and I am looking for most likely outcome of legal process. Before talking the example, I first tell another story in order to have a comparison. Story: a dentist prescribed controled substance (mostly strong pain killer) when his DEA license expired. He was found by DEA and was facing felony charge. He gave up legal right of challenging the charge. In the end, he agreed with suspension of dental license (for short period) as discipline action. He wasn't fined or asked to pay other money. Now, the example is about a dentist called Dr. F. Dr. F owns a couple dental businesses. He hired other dentists as contractors to treat patients. Some of these contractors does not have DEA license (may be disciplined like the dentist in the above story). Dr. F used his own DEA licens to prescribe controled substance to the patients treated by his contractors. He did this kind of thing for years. When Dr. F sold his dental businsess. The buyer discovered the problem and now DEA office is investigating Dr.F. How the question is what charge Dr. F is likely to get. Comparing to the dentist in the above story, it appears Dr. F may have his DEA license suspended. Will he be facing felony charge and be jailed? Or will he be fine for his conduct?
Most of the patients Dr. F handled are in government healthcare system (Medicare/Medicaid). Dr. F billed Medicare/Medicaid on behalf of the dentist contractors who do not have appropriate credential to treat patients from Medicare/Medicaid. I asked attorney general office in that state. I was told Dr. F is more likely to get education correction instead of criminal charges. They said Dr. F's conduct is quite common. But DEA office seems more aggressive in this investigation and lay charges.
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Thanks. It is easy to prove Dr. F didn't see patients.
I think the controled substance are those for teeth pain which is need to full mouth teeth extraction. The potential punishment sounds very scary. But given the story of the other dentist who prescribed DEA with his expired DEA license as I mentioned and the punishment (a couple of months of dental license suspension and 3+ years of DEA license suspension) I agree the DEA may not pursue criminal charges in the end. Could the DEA seek money damage or fine him? If so, how that could be?
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