Physician Pleads Guilty to Acquiring Controlled Substances By Fraud And Using A Means Of Identification Of Another To Acquire Controlled Substances By Fraud
PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – Robert Patrick Jensen, 49, of Gulf Breeze, Florida, entered a guilty plea last
Friday to the charges of acquiring controlled substances by fraud, and using a means of
identification of another person in connection to the offense of acquiring controlled substances by
fraud. The guilty plea was announced by Lawrence Keefe, United States Attorney for the Northern
District of Florida.
Documents introduced at the time of the guilty plea allege that between December 3, 2014, and July
7, 2016, on at least 35 separate occasions, Jensen presented fraudulent prescriptions to various
pharmacies in the Santa Rosa County area to obtain tramadol and dextroamphetamine. During that
time, Jensen worked as a physician at a medical facility in Gulf Breeze and shared office space
with other physicians. Jensen forged another physician’s signature or used the physician’s
pre-signed prescriptions without the physician’s authorization. On each occasion, Jensen used a
means of identification of the physician without the physician’s authorization, namely, the
physician’s specifically assigned Drug Enforcement Administration Registration number, to acquire
tramadol and dextroamphetamine. In total, between the above-mentioned dates, Jensen used fraudulent
prescriptions to acquire approximately 8,820 tramadol pills of varying strengths and approximately
180 dextroaphmetamine 30 mg pills.
Jensen faces up to four years’ imprisonment for the charge of acquiring controlled substances by
fraud, and up to twenty years’ imprisonment for the charge of using a means of identification of
another person in connection to the offense of acquiring controlled substances by fraud. Jensen is
scheduled to be sentenced on February 4, 2020.
“Society places a large measure of trust in the hands of licensed physicians, and it’s profoundly
disturbing when a respected professional abuses that trust to illegally obtain controlled
substances," U.S. Attorney Keefe said. “In addition, this doctor’s actions undermined the trust
placed in him by his fellow physicians, pharmacists, and others in the medical profession.”
This case resulted from an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Santa Rosa
County Sheriff’s Office, and the Gulf Breeze Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney J.
Ryan Love is prosecuting the case.
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida is one of 94 offices that
serve as the nation’s principal litigators under the direction of the Attorney General. To access
public court documents online, please visit the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of
Florida website. For more information about the United States Attorney’s Office, Northern
District of Florida, visit http://www.justice.gov/usao/fln/index.html.