News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 11, 2010
Contact: Chuvalo J. Truesdell
PIO/AFD
Number: 404-893-7124

Florence Man Guilty in Doctor-Shopping Case

FEB 11 -- Columbia, South Carolina ---- Acting United States Attorney Kevin F. McDonald and Rodney G. Benson, Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the DEA Atlanta Field Division (AFD), announced today that Larry M. Miller, age 61, of Florence, pled guilty in federal court to obtaining controlled substances by misrepresentation, fraud, and deception, a violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 843 (a)(3).    United States District Judge Terry L. Wooten accepted the plea and will sentence Miler at a later date.

Federal agents identified Miller as having obtained powerful prescription painkillers from six different area doctors between June 2008 and February 2009. Miller obtained drugs such as Oxycontin, Percocet, and Xanax from each doctor, without disclosing that he was also getting the same drugs from other doctors.

Mr. McDonald stated the maximum penalty Miller can receive is a fine of $250,000.00 and imprisonment for four years.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Diversion Unit, the Florence County Sheriff’s Department, and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.  Assistant United States Attorney William E. Day, II, of the United States Attorney’s office in Florence handled the case.

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.