St. Petersburg Doctor Charged with Illegally Prescribing Pain Medications
Tampa, Florida - United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces the unsealing of an indictment charging John Anthony Gianoli, III (51), a physician practicing in St. Petersburg, with five counts of illegally distributing or causing the distribution of oxycodone. If convicted on all counts, Gianoli faces a maximum penalty of twenty years in federal prison. The indictment also notifies Gianoli that the United States intends to forfeit his medical license and DEA registration.
According to the indictment, on five occasions between October 2009 and February 2010, Gianoli acted outside the course of his professional practice by illegally prescribing oxycodone.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of the federal criminal laws, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the St. Petersburg Police Department. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kathy J.M. Peluso.