OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA
William J. Ihlenfeld, II
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 234-0100 ● Contact: Chris Zumpetta-Parr, Public Affairs Specialist
April 3, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Motion to Dismiss filed after Defendant Dies
WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA - A doctor who was indicted for supplying excessive amounts of prescription pain medication to individuals for non-legitimate medical reasons has died and the case against him will now be dismissed.
United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II announced that DOUGLAS PAUL BRODERICK, M.D., 46 years old of New Jersey, passed away on March 20, 2012 of an apparent heart attack. As a result of his death the United States filed a motion today to dismiss the charge of “Conspiracy to Distribute Schedule II Controlled Substances.”
BRODERICK was alleged to have supplied large quantities of painkillers to his customers for no legitimate medical purpose and outside the usual course of professional practice.
“We were prepared to prove how Dr. Broderick fueled the prescription pill abuse problem in the Ohio Valley for his own financial benefit,” said U.S. Attorney Ihlenfeld. “Our witnesses would have testified that they traveled long distances to see BRODERICK and pay cash for medication even though they were not sick and not experiencing pain. The pills were then marked up and sold on the street in Ohio and West Virginia.”
“BRODERICK’s clinics accepted cash only and sometimes received as much as $200,000 in a month’s time, causing him to hire armed guards to provide security at his office against possible theft,” said Ihlenfeld.
Seventeen of BRODERICK’s co-defendants have already entered guilty pleas. The only defendants who have not reached plea agreements in the case are David Kidd, II, Eric Terlosky and John Burress a/k/a J.B. The trial for the remaining defendants is scheduled to begin in Wheeling on June 19, 2012, before Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr.
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