In recent years, prescription pills have become the drug of choice for millions across the nation.Wile there are hustlers who make fake pills, but to get the real deal, one has to go through a doctor. Over the past few months stories have come out about doctors going down for operating clinics like traphouses, writing fugazi prescriptions for cash. The latest to go down was Moshe Mirilasvhili, a board-certified, state-licensed doctor in New York City. Earlier this month, he was convicted of one count of conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and two counts of unlawful distribution of oxycodone.
According to the DEA:
Oxycodone is a highly addictive, prescription-strength narcotic used to treat severe and chronic pain conditions. Every year more than 13 million Americans abuse oxycodone, with the misuse of prescriptions painkillers such as oxycodone, leading to as many as 500,000 annual emergency room visits. Oxycodone prescriptions have enormous cash value to street level drug dealers, who can fill the prescriptions at most pharmacies and resell the pills at vastly inflated rates. Indeed, a single prescription for 90 30-milligram oxycodone pills has an average resale value in New York City of $2,700 or more.
Mirilasvhili wrote over 13,000 “medically unnecessary prescriptions” for oxycodone, that accounted for 1.2 million oxycodone tablets, between October 2012 and December 2014. That many tablets is roughly worth $36,000,000 on the street. Mirilasvhili worked directly with dealers on the street, who oversaw teams of “patients” they would send to the doctor’s Manhattan office. Mirilasvhili would charge $200 cash for a prescription for 90 30 mg tablets of the powerful pills. He would even go so far as to create fraudulent medical documents, such as MRI and urinalysis reports, to substantiate the prescriptions. He, reportedly, collected over $2.4 million in fees for “doctor visits during his run. Fake documents and more than $1.75 million were seized from his home when the feds came for him.
Ten other co-conspirators, including drug traffickers and staff, also pleaded guilty to participating in the operation. Each of the charges Mirilashvili caught carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.