“Operation Oxy Alley” was launched this past August, arresting 32 people in the multi-million dollar pill mill operation that is linked to more than 50 deaths. The latest to join the ranks of those arrested in the illicit operation are “the infamous George brothers,” along with their mother and one of the Wellington twins’ wives, according to the Palm Beach Post. Jeff George’s childhood friend, Theodore Obermeyer, also pled guilty in federal court to one count of racketeering conspiracy, and also faces charges in connection with the pill mill operation.
According to the Sun Sentinel, prosecutors say the pill mill operation was “one of the biggest illegal drug networks in the nation.” George and Obermeyer instructed doctors to “Keep patients happy,” which meant supplying “customers” with 180 to 240 oxycodone pills per month. Doctors were often recruited on Craigslist, and 14 have been charged in the operation.
George pled guilty to the same count of racketeering conspiracy, and faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines when he is sentenced Feb. 3. George’s wife and mother also pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Both face up to 5 years in prison and $250,000 in fines when they are sentenced next year.
In addition to the George family members, four doctors have pled guilty to helping turn pain clinics into prescription drug mills:
- Dr. Roni Dreszer, 36, of Sunny Isles Beach, pled guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering.
- Board-certified in internal and emergency medicine, Dr. Daniel Hauser, 61, of Hollywood pled guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering.
- Dr. Robert Meek, 36, of West Palm Beach, pled guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering.
- Dr. Augusto Lizarazo, 71, of Boca Raton, pled guilty this past Monday.
The Fraud Dog says: “It’s a family affair, as more and more families across America commit fraud together. Opportunistic fraud often times will start with one family member, and then more family members jump in when they see the first family member ‘getting rich’ off of the fraud scheme. Then the younger generations of these families learn how to commit fraud as well, becoming third-generation fraudsters for the future. Let’s stop this family tradition now.”
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