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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Michigan

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Detroit Doctor, Office Manager and Patient Recruiter Charged with Illegal Distribution of Prescription Drugs

An indictment was unsealed today charging Dr. Otis Leon Crawford, D.O., and two other individuals with conspiracy to illegally distribute prescription drugs, U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider announced today.

Schneider was joined in the announcement by Special Agent in Charge Timothy Plancon of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Detroit Division and Special Agent in Charge Lamont Pugh, of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General’s (HHS-OIG) Chicago Regional Office.

Charged in the indictment are:

Otis Leon Crawford, 80, of Detroit

Debbie Ann Taylor, 37, of Detroit

Earnie Ronnie-Jaew Taylor, 49, of River Rouge

The indictment alleges that in July of 2016, Dr. Crawford and Debbie Ann Taylor opened a medical clinic called Doctors Creative Care, located at 16125 Mack Avenue in Detroit.   Dr. Crawford was the only doctor associated with the clinic and Debbie Ann Taylor was the office manager. Debbie Taylor scheduled appointments, collected payments, and accompanied patients into the examination room with Dr. Crawford.  Although she had no medical license or training, she recommended that particular patients be prescribed particular controlled substances, in particular dosage units.  With little or no medical examination, Dr. Crawford wrote and signed prescriptions for various opioids, as well as other drugs with substantial street value, such as Xanax, Soma, Valium and Promethazine/codeine cough syrup.  It is further alleged that Debbie Taylor’s brother, Earnie Ronnie-Jaew Taylor, recruited fake patients from his neighborhood in River Rouge who would visit Dr. Crawford and receive unnecessary prescriptions for opioids and other controlled substances.  Once the prescriptions were filled, Earnie Taylor took possession of the controlled substances for future illegal distribution.  According to the Indictment, the top ten prescribed controlled substances prescribed by Dr. Crawford, from June 2015 to date, had a conservative street value in excess of $2,556,550. 

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. Each defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government's burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

The case was investigated by Special Agents of the DEA and HHS.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John Engstrom.

Drug Trafficking
Updated November 15, 2018