Greer Doctor Pleads Guilty to Oxycodone Conspiracy
August 26, 2013
Contact Person: Bill Watkins (864) 282-2100Columbia, South Carolina ----- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Daniel H. Jebens, age 50, of Greer, pled guilty today in federal court in Greenville, to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 846. Senior United States District Henry M. Herlong of Greenville accepted the plea and will impose sentence after he has reviewed the presentence report which will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.
Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that the federal Drug Enforcement Administration along with the Greer Police Department had undertaken a long-term investigation of Jebens. The big break in the case came when law enforcement on September 5, 2012, enlisted a confidential informant to visit Jebens’ office. The CI was wired for video and audio. During the visit, Jebens wrote the CI a prescription for 120 tablets of Roxicodone. The CI and Jebens agreed that the CI would get the prescription filled and then return to the office and sell the pills to Jebens. The CI got the prescription filled, returned to the office, and handed over the prescription to Jebens in exchange for $600. Jebens also asked the CI whether the CI’s wife might have any extra prescription pain killers that she would be willing to sell. Jeben’s said he would pay at least $10 per pill.
Based on this information as well as thorough analysis of Jebens’ history of prescribing pain killers, the DEA obtained a search warrant for Jebens’ Greer office. The warrant was executed on December 20, 2012. When confronted with the warrant Jebens agreed to talk with law enforcement. He admitted to prescribing controlled substances for patients who did not really need them. Several of these patients are well known to law enforcement and are under investigation for selling prescription pain killers throughout the upstate of South Carolina. Jebens was a major source of supply for these individuals.
Jebens estimated that 30 percent of the patients for whom he was prescribing oxycodone did not need them. He said he charged $100 for giving a person a prescription for oxycodone.
Mr. Nettles stated the maximum penalty Jebens can receive is a fine of $250,000 and/or imprisonment for 20 years, plus a special assessment of $100.
The case was investigated by agents of the Greer Police Department and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant United States Attorney Bill Watkins of the Greenville office handled the case.