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Montgomery Physician Pleads Guilty to Drug Distribution Offense

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Alabama

            Montgomery, Alabama – On Tuesday, October 20, 2020, Dr. D’livro Lemat Beauchamp, 54, of Montgomery, Alabama, appeared in federal court and pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to unlawfully distribute oxycodone, announced United States Attorney Louis V. Franklin, Sr.

            According to court documents, Beauchamp conspired with others to unlawfully distribute oxycodone, a Schedule II opioid controlled substance. Beauchamp distributed this oxycodone by issuing prescriptions for the drug while practicing medicine at a Montgomery medical practice, Obelisk Healthcare. The prescriptions Beauchamp issued to his co-conspirators were for no legitimate medical purposes and were not issued in the course of normal medical practice. Beauchamp’s co-conspirators paid him $350 for each one of these unnecessary and illegitimate oxycodone prescriptions.

            Beauchamp’s sentencing hearing will be scheduled in the next few months and he is facing up to 20 years in prison. He also faces substantial monetary penalties.

            “Physicians like Dr. Beauchamp are a main cause for the persistence of the opioid epidemic in our community,” stated United States Attorney Franklin. “At a time when medical professionals are in such great need, it is disheartening to see a physician betray his Hippocratic Oath just to make a few extra bucks. I am proud that my office is holding Dr. Beauchamp accountable for the harm that he undoubtedly caused through his drug dealing. We will continue to prosecute cases like this one until all medical professionals recognize that powerful drugs like the ones at issue here should be used to make people better—not to give them an addiction.”

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Tactical Diversion Squad and the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, the Montgomery Police Department, and the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners assisted in the investigation. Assistant United States Attorneys Jonathan S. Ross, Alice S. LaCour, and Thomas R. Govan are prosecuting the case.

Updated December 16, 2020

Drug Trafficking
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