Tampa doctor and staff charged with illegal distribution of opioids – CBS Tampa

TAMPA, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) – US Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces the return of an indictment accusing Dr. Qing McGaha (55, Tampa) of conspiracy to commit illegal distribution of controlled substances and illegal distribution of controlled substances for no legitimate medical purpose and outside the ordinary course of professional practice, as well as monetary transactions in criminally derived property.

The indictment also accuses Camille Mohammed (52, Tampa) of conspiracy to commit illegal distribution of controlled substances. If convicted of a drug conspiracy, McGaha and Mohammed each face a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison. McGaha also faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison for each count of illegal distribution (15 counts) and 10 years in federal prison for each count of money laundering (4 counts). If convicted on all counts, McGaha and Mohammed each face a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison. The indictment also informs McGaha that the United States intends to confiscate $ 774,216.12 in US currency, $ 170,482.34 seized from bank accounts and two real estate located in the Tampa Bay area. , which would be attributable to the proceeds of the crime or used to facilitate the crimes.

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According to charge, McGaha was a licensed physician in Florida who owned and operated MD Care Clinic, a pain management clinic in Hillsborough County. McGaha employed Mohammed, who served as the receptionist at the clinic and scheduled patient appointments, collected patient fees and recorded vital measurements. Mohammed also falsified urine test results, managed the overcrowded waiting room and parking lot, and answered calls from pharmacists concerned about McGaha’s controlled substance prescriptions.

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Over a 20-month period, undercover Drug Enforcement Administration agents conducted numerous appointments with McGaha, and at each appointment were given an opioid-controlled substance (hydrocodone, hydromorphone, or oxycodone), not for any purpose. legitimate medical conditions and outside the usual professional course. practice.

In addition, McGaha engaged in multiple monetary transactions over $ 10,000, money which she criminally took out of operating her clinic and used to purchase real estate located in Clearwater or deposited in her. Bank account.

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An indictment is simply a formal charge that an accused has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and each accused is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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