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Member of the Pagans Outlaw Motorcycle Club Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Prescription Pill Mill

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA – Today, a federal judge sentenced Patrick Treacy, a/k/a “Redneck” to 20 years in prison for his role in a prescription pill mill that trafficked oxycodone and other dangerous and addictive opioids. Treacy was also ordered to serve a concurrent sentence of 10 years in prions for illegally possessing a firearm charged separately. In addition, the Honorable Nitza I. Quiñones Alejandro, United States District Judge, ordered the defendant to serve three years of supervised release upon release from prison, and pay a special assessment of $200, as well as entering a judgment of forfeiture.

On July 14, 2015, a grand jury in Philadelphia charged Treacy, along William O’Brien, a former doctor of osteopathic medicine, and eight codefendants with conspiring to distribute controlled substances. Treacy was a member of the Pagans Motorcycle Club (“Pagans”), an outlaw biker gang known for violence and drug dealing. O’Brien worked together with the Pagans and their associates, to operate a “pill mill” out of his medical offices. O’Brien wrote fraudulent prescriptions for oxycodone and other drugs, while the Pagans and their associates recruited “pseudo-patients” to buy the fraudulent prescriptions. O’Brien charged $250 cash for the first appointment to obtain prescriptions for controlled substances and $200 cash for each subsequent visit. Oxycodone (30 mg) was in high demand by drug dealers who could sell each pill on the street for $25 to $30. O’Brien sold prescriptions for these dangerous and addictive drugs to hundreds of “pseudo-patients.” After filling the prescriptions, the Pagans and their associates resold the pills on the street. The investigation showed that from March 2012 to January 2015, more than 700,000 pills containing oxycodone and other Schedule II controlled substances were distributed by members of the conspiracy.

On October 5, 2016, O’Brien, who was convicted by a jury in summer 2016, was sentenced to 30 years in prison. On October 16, 2016, codefendant Joseph Mitchell, another Pagans’ member, was sentenced to 9 nine years’ imprisonment. Other codefendants await sentencing.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Food and Drug Administration Office of Criminal Investigations, and the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Mary Beth Leahy and David E. Troyer.

Updated February 17, 2017