North Philadelphia “Pill Mill” Doctor Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Illegal Opioid Distribution
PHILADELPHIA – Acting United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that Myron Rodos, 80, of Ambler, PA, was sentenced to five years in prison, three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a fine of $300,000 by United States District Court Judge Chad F. Kenney for distributing controlled substances, namely opioids, outside the course of professional conduct and not for a legitimate medical purpose.
The defendant pleaded guilty in November 2019 to four counts of distribution of Schedule II controlled substances, and stipulated that he illegally distributed an additional 6,130 oxycodone (30 mg) pills and 3,670 methadone (10 mg) pills to patients in exchange for sex and money. Rodos, a physician, operated a medical practice in North Philadelphia as a prescription “pill mill” where he prescribed dangerous and addictive controlled substances to addicts for cash, and often in exchange for sex. The charges resulted from a lengthy FBI investigation that produced audio and videotape recordings made by a civilian source and an undercover agent that showed Rodos prescribe medically unnecessary hydrocodone in exchange for cash. Moreover, female patients, who became drug addicts while under the defendant’s ‘care’ reported to FBI agents that they routinely obtained prescriptions from Rodos for oxycodone and other controlled substances in exchange for sexual favors.
“The U.S. Attorney’s Office is committed to stopping drug-dealing doctors like Rodos,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Williams. “As a physician, he was well aware of the inherently dangerous nature of the drugs he was selling. But because of his greed and sometimes to satisfy his own lecherous intentions, he took advantage of vulnerable people struggling with addiction, piling on to the enormous opioid epidemic ravaging the neighborhoods of Philadelphia.”
“It’s hard to understand how a longtime physician, trained to help and to heal people, could be this depraved,” said Michael J. Driscoll, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia Division. “Dr. Rodos used his patients’ addictions against them, readily doling out powerful opioids in exchange for money or sex acts. The FBI and our partners are doggedly working to put drug-dealing doctors like him out of business, as we battle our country’s opioid epidemic.”
“Doctors are expected to help their patients, not take advantage of them,” said Maureen Dixon, Special Agent in Charge for the Office of the Inspector General, Department of Health and Human Services. “HHS-OIG and our law enforcement partners will continue to work together to protect patients from illegally prescribed prescription drugs.”
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney M. Beth Leahy.