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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Weight Loss Clinic And Doctor Pay $250,000 To Settle Controlled Substance Act Claims

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced today the successful resolution of a civil prosecution alleging violations of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) against Ronnie E. Stone, aka Ron Stone, and Ron Stone M.D. Medical Weight Management Inc. Dr. Stone paid the United States $250,000 to settle the federal claims.

Dr. Stone was the owner and operator of two Sacramento area weight loss clinics. The United States alleged that on various occasions from January 2010 to July 2012, Dr. Stone (1) distributed controlled substances to patients without first performing a physical examination and adequate medical screening of those patients; (2) distributed controlled substances to patients in re-sealable plastic baggies that did not satisfy CSA labeling, packaging and sealing requirements; and (3) failed to properly maintain records and perform required drug inventories. In resolving this case, Dr. Stone admitted the United States’ allegations.

Dr. Stone surrendered the clinics’ DEA Registrations in June 2012. Dr. Stone no longer practices medicine, and he no longer operates the clinics.

United States Attorney Wagner stated: “Physicians are responsible for ensuring that controlled substances are properly prescribed to their patients The practices at the Stone clinics put patients and other potential end-users at risk. The successful resolution of this matter demonstrates the DEA’s and my office’s commitment to enforcing the CSA and protecting the patient community.”

DEA Special Agent in Charge Jay Fitzpatrick stated: “Doctors are entrusted with protecting public health and those who dispense controlled substances without regard put the safety of the community at risk. The DEA will seek appropriate civil remedies when this trust is broken. Today’s settlement holds Mr. Stone responsible for failing to act appropriately.”

Assistant United States Attorney Kurt A. Didier prosecuted the case.

Updated April 8, 2015