Pinellas Pain Management Doctor Indicted for Distributing Controlled Substances Outside Usual Course of Professional Practice, Which Resulted in Deaths of Patients
Tampa, FL – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the unsealing of an indictment charging Edward Neil Feldman, M.D. (75, Tampa) and his wife, Kim Xuan Feldman (65, Tampa), with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances outside the usual course of professional practice and without a legitimate medical purpose, money laundering conspiracy, and money laundering. Dr. Feldman is also charged with three counts of dispensing controlled substances that resulted in the deaths of three individuals. If convicted on all counts, he faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison. Kim Xuan Feldman faces a maximum of 70 years’ imprisonment. The indictment notifies the Feldmans that the government intends to forfeit real property located in Tampa and Pinellas Park, two investment accounts, and three bank accounts, all of which are alleged to be traceable to proceeds of the offenses and/or property used to facilitate the offenses. The United States is also seeking a money judgment in the amount of the proceeds of the charged criminal conduct.
According to the indictment, from at least October 2009 through the date of the indictment, Edward Neil Feldman, Kim Feldman, and others used Feldman Orthopedic and Wellness Center, located at 6100 Park Boulevard in Pinellas Park, to dispense controlled substances, including Oxycodone, Methadone, Alprazolam (Xanax), and Diazepam, outside the usual course of professional practice and for no legitimate medical purpose. The indictment alleges that Dr. Feldman’s dispensing of those controlled substances resulted in the deaths of three individuals. The Feldmans also allegedly conspired to conduct financial transactions using funds derived from their drug conspiracy to promote the conspiracy, conceal the source of the funds, and avoid transaction reporting requirements. The indictment further alleges that the couple used criminal proceeds to purchase their personal residence and the office building where the pain clinic is located, as well as to fund an investment account.
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