Local doctor indicted on federal drug charges
St. Louis, MO – DR. HARRY OSAGHAEMORGAN, Richmond Heights, MO, was indicted October 9 by a federal grand jury on five felony counts of causing, or attempted to cause, the dispensing of Schedule II and IV controlled substance drugs outside the normal practice of medicine. The drugs involved were large quantities of oxycodone, morphine, oxymorphone, Xanax and Valium.
According to the indictment, between January and May 2012, Dr. Osaghaemorgan was the sole physician for Doctor’s Medical Center, a pain management clinic located at 2015 Smizer Station Road, Valley Park, MO. The Medical Center employed several office managers and staff that were paid $10 for every patient they were able to solicit via telephone to schedule an appointment to see Dr. Osaghaemorgan. The indictment states that Dr. Osaghaemorgan wrote prescriptions with little or no medical examination and for no legitimate medical purpose. Patient’s office visits were paid for in cash and insurance was not accepted. During the four-months that Doctor’s Medical Center was in operation, Dr. Osaghaemorgan wrote approximately 1300 controlled substance prescriptions generating approximately $195,481 cash revenue. Also during that period, out of the clinic’s 538 patients, only 10 had Missouri addresses. The remaining 528 reported residences in 19 other states with 246 listed in Kentucky. Further, the indictment alleges that 104 patients reported identical addresses.
If convicted, each count of the indictment carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and/or a fine up to $1 million. In determining the actual sentences, a Judge is required to consider the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide recommended sentencing ranges.
This case was investigated by the Diversion Unit of the Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant United States Attorney John T Davis is handling the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
As is always the case, charges set forth in an indictment are merely accusations and do not constitute proof of guilt. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty.