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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Oklahoma

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, July 15, 2013

Norman Dentist Pays $40,000 To Resolve Claims Of Improperly Issuing Prescriptions For Controlled Substances

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma -- Ronald L. Williams, D.D.S., who practices in Norman, Oklahoma, has agreed to pay $40,000 to the United States to settle allegations that he issued prescriptions to individuals for controlled substances that were not for a legitimate medical purpose and not in the ordinary course of professional practice, announced Sanford C. Coats, United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma.

The United States alleged that from May 19, 2010, and May 18, 2012, Dr. Williams issued prescriptions for controlled substances to individuals without performing physical examinations and without having an established dentist/patient relationship. In reaching this settlement, Dr. Williams did not admit liability, and the government did not make any concession regarding the legitimacy of the claims. The agreement allows the parties to avoid the delay, expense, inconvenience, and uncertainty involved in litigating the case.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Office of Diversion Control and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ronald R. Gallegos.