Las Vegas Physician Charged With Unlawfully Prescribing Large Quantities Of Oxycodone
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – A Las Vegas physician has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges that he unlawfully prescribed large quantities of Oxycodone and other highly addictive prescription drugs, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada.
Victor Bruce M.D., 48, of Las Vegas, is charged in a criminal indictment dated Dec. 11, 2013, with one count of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance. Bruce was arrested in Las Vegas this morning and is scheduled to appear before United States Magistrate Judge Nancy J. Koppe, at 3:00 p.m. for an initial appearance and arraignment and plea.
“Our office will continue working aggressively with our federal, state and local law enforcement partners to attack the growing problem of prescription drug abuse,” said U.S. Attorney Bogden. “Our federal and local law enforcement partners will continue to prioritize these unlawful prescription drug distribution cases and continue working to shut down dangerous unlawful “pill mill” operations.”
According to the indictment, Bruce is a physician licensed to practice medicine in Nevada. Bruce maintains a medical practice known as Swan Lake Medical Center at 3330 South Hualapai Way on the west side of Las Vegas, and represents himself to be a specialist in pain management. It is alleged that beginning at a date unknown and continuing to around November 2013, Bruce prescribed large quantities of oxycodone and other highly prescription drugs without medical necessity and knowing that they were going to be illegally diverted. Bruce allegedly conspired with local drug dealers to distribute the drugs in and around Las Vegas to customers who abused them.
If convicted, Dr. Bruce faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million.
This case is being investigated by the Nevada High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (Nevada HIDTA) Pharm-Net Task Force, including the DEA, IRS Criminal Investigation, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Henderson Police Department, North Las Vegas Police Department, and the Nevada Division of Investigations, and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Crane M. Pomerantz and Cristina Silva.
The public is reminded that an indictment contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.In order to address the growing problem of prescription drug abuse in Nevada, the Nevada HIDTA, along with the United States Attorney’s Office and other law enforcement partners, are holding a training summit on prescription drug abuse at the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas on Dec. 16 and Dec. 17, 2013. The summit will be a collaboration of professionals from local, state and federal agencies, academia, clinicians, treatment providers, counselors, educators, state and national leaders, and advocates impacted by prescription drug abuse.