Florida Doctor Sentenced to Seven Years for
JAN 06 – MIAMI – Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Miami Field Division, and Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, announce the sentencing of Cesar Deleon, 65, a doctor from Lake Worth, for his participation in the illegal distribution of pain killers. This investigation is part of Operation Pill Nation, a DEA-led joint investigation with local law enforcement into rogue pain clinics, also known as “pill mills,” in South Florida for illegally distributing oxycodone and other controlled substances.
On January 5, 2012, U.S. District Judge William Zloch sentenced Deleon to 87 months’ imprisonment. According to pleadings filed with the court, Deleon operated his clinic, Trinity Medical Center, as a pill mill that offered patients prescriptions for highly addictive oxycodone and other controlled substances without a legitimate medical purpose and outside the usual course of professional medical practice. Deleon prescribed oxycodone without appropriate documentation establishing a valid medical need and in excessive and inappropriate quantities, failed to conduct complete physical examinations, and increased prescriptions of oxycodone without any medical reason or justification. Deleon also prescribed additional oxycodone and controlled substances to patients who were willing to pay Deleon higher fees.
Spearheaded by DEA, agencies participating in Operation Pill Nation include the Palm Beach State Attorney’s Office, the Broward State Attorney’s Office, the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, Palm Beach County Sherriff’s Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Office of Inspector General, Fort Lauderdale Police Department, Hollywood Police Department, Florida Highway Patrol, Palm Beach Gardens Police Department, Miami-Dade Police Department, Florida Department of Health, and Florida Department of Financial Services’ Division of Insurance Fraud, State Fire Marshal and Workers’ Compensation.