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Nine Doctors And One Pharmacist Charged With Illegally Prescribing/Dispensing Pain Medications

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 28 , 2011

Tampa, Florida - U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces the unsealing of indictments and complaints charging nine west Central Florida physicians and two pharmacists with charges of conspiracy to distribute prescription controlled substances and illegally distributing or causing the distribution prescription controlled substances, including oxycodone. If convicted, the individuals face a maximum penalty of twenty years in federal prison for each count. The roundup is part of Pill Nation II, a Drug Enforcement Administration initiative targeting the illegal prescribing and dispensing of prescription controlled substances.

The physicians charged are:

AIMEE JOY MARTIN (35), a physician currently practicing in Bradenton, Florida, with illegally distributing or causing the distribution of oxycodone and hydrocodone. According to the indictment, on seven occasions between September of 2009 and May of 2010, Dr. Aimee Joy Martin acted outside the course of her professional practice by illegally prescribing oxycodone and hydrocodone.

SANJEEV GROVER (48), a physician practicing in Tampa, with illegally distributing or causing the distribution of oxycodone.  According to the indictment, on five occasions between April 12, 2011 and June 9, 2011, Grover acted outside the course of his professional practice by illegally prescribing oxycodone.

JOHN ANTHONY GIANOLI, III (51), a physician practicing in St. Petersburg, Florida, with illegally distributing or causing the distribution of oxycodone. According to the indictment, on five occasions between October of 2009 and February of 2010, Dr. John Anthony Gianoli, III acted outside the course of his professional practice by illegally prescribing oxycodone.

RONALD JOHN HEROMIN (46), a physician practicing in Tampa and Miami, Florida, with conspiracy to illegally distribute or illegally causing the distribution of oxycodone and alprazolam.  According to the indictment, since 2009 Dr. Ronald John Heromin acted outside the course of his professional practice by illegally prescribing oxycodone and alprazolam.

IHAB BARSOUM (41), a physician practicing in Pasco County, Florida, with conspiracy to illegally distribute or illegally causing the distribution of oxycodone and five counts of illegally distributing or causing the distribution of oxycodone. According to the indictment, since 2007 Dr. Ihab Barsoum acted outside the course of his professional practice by illegally prescribing oxycodone and alprazolam.

JAMES RICHARD SHELBURNE (74), a physician practicing in Tampa, Florida, with conspiracy to illegally distribute or illegally causing the distribution of oxycodone and three counts of illegally distributing or causing the distribution of oxycodone.  According to the indictment, since 2008 Dr. James Richard Shelburne acted outside the course of his professional practice by illegally prescribing oxycodone.

EDWARD MOSLEY, a physician practicing in Bradenton and Brandon, Florida, with
illegally distributing or causing the distribution of oxycodone. According to the complaint, on four occasions Dr. Edward Mosley acted outside the course of his professional practice by illegally prescribing oxycodone.

T J McNICHOL, a physician practicing in Brandon, Florida, with illegally distributing or causing the distribution of oxycodone. According to the complaint, on four occasions Dr. TJ McNichol acted outside the course of his professional practice by illegally prescribing oxycodone.

DEBRA ROGGOW, a physician practicing in Lee County, Florida, with illegally distributing or causing the distribution of oxycodone,  According to the complaint, on occasions between August 2000 and December 2010, Dr. Roggow acted outside the course of her professional practice by illegally prescribing oxycodone.

PAUL VINCENT RIVERS (40), a pharmacist practicing in Polk County, Florida, with illegally possessing with intent to distribute and dispense oxycodone.  According to the indictment, in March 2011, Paul Vincent Rivers acted outside the course of his professional practice by illegally distributing and dispensing oxycodone.

Fifteen defendants were indicted in a conspiracy to illegally obtain prescription controlled substances in the Tampa, Florida area and transport them to Kentucky for distribution. Kathy Alvarez-Humphrey (51); resident of Pasco County (presently in Lexington, Kentucky); Lester Lloyd Massey (46), resident of Pasco County (presently in Lexington, Kentucky); Jennifer Michelle Alvarez -Sastre (30), Pasco County; Christopher Michael Walters (27), Pasco County; Jeffrey Lee Dixon (45), Pasco County; Donna J. Dixon (41), Pasco County; Melissa Marie Cooper (22), Pasco County; Lynn Marie Challis Hensley (35), Pasco County; Anthony Leigh Micheal Maddox (28), Pasco County; Thomas Virgil Burton (28), Pasco County; Martina Violet Humphrey (25), Pasco County; Alisha Marie Humphrey (22), Pasco County; Lester Lloyd Massey (26) Pasco County; Keith Dewayne Humphrey (23), Pasco County; Brandi Marie Cooper-Miller (23), Pasco County; Cheryl Lynn Humphrey (27), Pasco County; Dawn Marie Mauge (28), Pasco County; and Stephen Lloyd Derks (43), Hudson, Florida engaged in a conspiracy to produce fraudulent prescriptions for oxycodone, present them to unwitting pharmacies in the Tampa Bay area and transport the controlled substances to Kentucky for distribution. It is estimated that this group distributed thousands of dosage units of oxycodone.

An indictment and a complaint are merely formal charges that a defendant has committed a violation of the federal criminal laws, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.

The case is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Tampa Police Department; the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office; the Lakeland Police Department; the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office; the New Port Richey Police Department; Naples Police Department; the Fort Myers Police Department; the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office; and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.  It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys throughout the Middle District of Florida.

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