Memphis Doctor Arrested and Charged with Illegally Writing Prescriptions
OCT 30 --Memphis, TN- Daniel Fearnow, 57 of Cordova, has been charged in a 12 count indictment, charging him with illegally issuing prescriptions, announced Lawrence J. Laurenzi, United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, Rodney G. Benson, Special Agent of Charge (SAC) of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Atlanta Field Division (AFD), and Mark Luttrell, Sheriff of Shelby County. The indictment was unsealed today after Fearnow was arrested.
According to the indictment, Fearnow was licensed as a medical doctor and operated a medical practice in Shelby County. Fearnow was currently practicing at Wickman Family Medical Care located on Hwy 64 in Memphis. The indictment alleges that Fearnow, from February 2009 to October 2009, conspired to distribute Schedule II, III, and IV controlled substances by issuing written prescriptions for drugs outside the normal course of practice and for no legitimate medical purpose. Allegedly, Fearnow illegally wrote prescriptions on several occasions for Oxycodone, Lortab, and Alprazolam (Xanax). Federal Regulations prohibit prescribing and dispensing of controlled substances when not in the normal course of treatment according to Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 1306.4.
Fearnow is charged with six counts of illegally writing prescriptions for a Schedule II drug. Each of those counts carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison. Fearnow is charged with two counts of illegally writing prescriptions for a Schedule III drug. Each of those counts carries a penalty of up to five years in prison. Additionally, Fearnow is charged with three counts of illegally writing prescriptions of Schedule IV drugs. Each of those counts carries a penalty of up to three years in prison. The Conspiracy charge carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison.
This case resulted from a year-long investigation by the DEA and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Greg Gilluly is handling the case for the government.
DEA Atlanta’s SAC Benson encourages parents, along with their children, to educate themselves about the dangers of legal and illegal drugs by visiting DEA’s interactive websites at www.justhinktwice.com, www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com and www.dea.gov.