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Larissa Doucette

A Philadelphia doctor was sentenced to seven years in prison for charges related to a pill mill scheme that operated out of his office. Richard Minicozzi was convicted of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and 17 counts of distribution of controlled substances. According to a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) news release, Minicozzi was distributing hydrocodone and alprazolam, and was selling prescriptions for oxycodone. He sold the drugs to customers with no legitimate need for the medications and without conducting physical examinations. In addition to the prison term, the sentencing includes three years supervised release, a $40,000 fine, and a $1,800 special assessment. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the DEA, and the Philadelphia Police Department and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mary Kay Costello.