Dr. Ihsaan al-Amin was accused of running a “pill mill” and is facing a 105-count federal indictment that includes health care fraud, income tax evasion, money laundering and using a firearm in the operation of a criminal enterprise. The doctor is facing 25 years in prison for all of the charges. The “pill mill” that al-Amin was operating was cash-only and he was providing large amounts of drugs to individuals in and out of state for no apparent medical purpose. Tennessee is one of the top states for the number of prescriptions written for each individual. Two bills have been passed this year that are aiming to control the “pill mill” issue at hand.
Fraud expert Linda Webb, aka The Fraud Dog, says that “pill mills” are not the tourist trade you want in your town. Pill mill runners run up and down the coastline looking for new pill mills in order to buy pain killers to sell on the street. These pill mills can often times open up in small towns hidden behind signs like “medical clinics”. It is important that you know who is opening up these medical clinics in your town. Pill Mills are a very lucrative cash business that often times don’t necessarily invite the best people to your town. Also, because it is a cash business, your town may not be benefiting from the “tricks of their trade”. Communities need to fight back and not let these fraudsters open up in your home town says The Fraud Dog.