A Fort Lauderdale doctor was convicted last month by a federal jury for his alleged involvement in a conspiracy to distribute illicit drugs.
According to federal prosecutors, Dr. Andres Mencia and three of his office workers began performing fake consultations on behalf of patients who paid cash in order to issue prescriptions for drugs that were not medically necessary.
Prosecutors say the sham consultations were conducted to provide patients with prescriptions for drugs including Oxycodone, OxyContin and Percocet. In addition to patients he personally consulted, prosecutors say he also provided pre-signed scrips for the co-conspirators to distribute to patients he did not examine.
The 64-year-old doctor was convicted of participating in a conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance. His sentencing is scheduled for early September. His three co-conspirators pled guilty to conspiracy to defraud the United States by unlawfully distributing controlled substances – one co-conspirator was sentenced to five years in federal prison, plus three more years of supervised release, while the other two co-conspirators await sentencing.
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