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Former Portland Podiatrist Sentenced on Drug and Health Care Fraud Charges

JUNE 21 (PORTLAND, Maine) - John J. Arvanitis, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Dr. John B. Perry, 52, of Cumberland, was sentenced today in United States District Court by Judge George Singal to 8 years in prison for conspiracy, unlawful distribution of oxycodone and health care fraud.  Perry pled guilty to the charges on December 4, 2012.

Until December 2010, Perry was a podiatrist practicing at Atlantic Foot and Ankle in Portland.  Court records establish that Perry wrote prescriptions with no medical purpose, traded prescriptions for cash and cocaine and fabricated patient charts to cover his improper prescriptions.  In all, he was responsible for the unlawful distribution of more than 18,000 oxycodone pills between 2009 and 2010.

This case was investigated by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, the United States Department of Health and Human Services – Office of Inspector General, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and the State of Maine Health Care Crimes Unit.


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