Uptown Medical ClinicOwner Pleads Guilty To Illegally Prescribing Hundreds Of Thousands Of Opioid Pi


PRESCRIPTIONS. DANA IS LIFE OUTSIDE THE FEDERAL BUILDING TONIGHT. THE CLINICS OWNER USED HIS UPTOWN MEDICAL CLINIC AS A FRIEND. Reporter: THAT IS WHAT PROSECUTORS ALLEGED TODAY, HE PLED GUILTY. PROSECUTORS SAY THE CLINIC OWNER, A DOCTOR AND A PHYSICIAN TOGETHER, ILLEGALLY PUT ABOUT 1 MILLION OPIOIDS AND OTHER PILLS ON THE STREETS. IT WAS JUST CROWDS AND CROWDS OF PEOPLE. Reporter: A DAILY MOB SCENE, THAT IS HOW JAMES KOPELMAN REMEMBERS THE NOW SHUTTERED MIDTOWN MEDICAL CENTER IN UPTOWN. I WENT INSIDE THE CLINIC, IT WAS FILLED WITH PEOPLE, AND AS I TRIED TO GET TOWARDS THE FRONT COUNTER, SOMEONE OFFERED ME A DRUG DEAL. Reporter: THAT OFFER, THE CLAIMANT CROWDS, AND CONCERNS, PROMPTED HIM TO TAKE THIS VIDEO TO AUTHORITIES IN 2012. LITTLE DID HE KNOW THAN IT WOULD BE USED IN A FEDERAL INVESTIGATION THAT WOULD BE OVER TODAY, WITH THE CLINIC OVER PLED GUILTY TO SELLING OPIOID PRESCRIPTIONS TO PEOPLE WHO DID NOT NEED THEM. IT WAS VERY BRAZEN AND FRUSTRATING TO ME. Reporter: THE GUILTY PLEA COMES AFTER A FEDERAL TRIAL LAST SPRING ENDED IN A HUNG JURY. I WAS ORDERED TO TESTIFY IN COURT LAST SPRING, I DID THAT. Reporter: FEDERAL PROSECUTOR SAY FROM FEBRUARY 2012 TO MARCH 2000 — 2013, THEY PRESCRIBED MORE THAN 2000 KILOGRAMS OF OXYCODONE, AND 5090 500 — 5900 OPIOID PILLS. THEY DID IT JUST AS THE COUNTRY’S OPIOID CRISIS WAS HEATING UP. THE CLINIC SITE IS NOW A COMPETITORS CAMPAIGN OFFICE. HAS IT CHANGED THE NEIGHBORHOOD AT ALL? THERE IS A HUGE CHANGE IN THAT AREA, IT IS VERY NOTICEABLE RIGHT AWAY, AS SOON AS THE CLINIC CLOSED DOWN. Reporter: THE DR. PLED GUILTY IN THIS CASE PREVIOUSLY. FEDERAL PROSECUTORS ALLEGED THAT

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