Dentist Convicted of Unlawfully Distributing Opioids That Caused Patient’s Death
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A federal jury in the Eastern District of Kentucky convicted a dentist yesterday for unlawfully prescribing opioids, including unlawfully prescribing morphine that caused his patient’s death.
According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, Dr. Jay M. Sadrinia, 60, of Villa Hills, Kentucky, owned and operated dental clinics in Crescent Springs. Despite clear signs – including being told explicitly that his prescribing of controlled substances was dangerous and put his patients’ lives at risk – Sadrinia prescribed powerful opioids to his patients for routine dental procedures.
Sadrinia unlawfully prescribed morphine to one patient, which caused the patient’s death. He charged $37,000 for dental procedures and prescribed the patient medically unnecessary quantities of narcotics, including morphine. Several days later, the patient fatally overdosed on the morphine.
Sadrinia was convicted of one count of unlawful distribution of controlled substances resulting in death and one count of unlawful distribution of controlled substances. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 13. He faces a mandatory minimum of 20 years in prison and a maximum penalty of life in prison on the unlawful distribution of controlled substances resulting in death count, and a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison on the unlawful distribution count. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite, Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Carlton S. Shier IV for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Assistant Director Luis Quesada of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division, and DEA Administrator Anne Milgram made the announcement.
The FBI and DEA investigated the case.
Assistant Chief Katherine Payerle and Trial Attorney Thomas D. Campbell of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section are prosecuting the case.
The Fraud Section leads the Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid (ARPO) Strike Force. Since its inception in late 2018, ARPO has partnered with federal and state law enforcement agencies and U.S. Attorneys’ Offices throughout Alabama, Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia, Tennessee, and West Virginia to prosecute medical professionals and others involved in the illegal prescription and distribution of opioids. Over the past three years, ARPO has charged over 115 defendants collectively responsible for issuing prescriptions for over 115 million controlled substance pills. To date, more than 84 ARPO defendants have been convicted. More information can be found at www.justice.gov/criminal-fraud/health-care-fraud-unit.
Updated June 23, 2023