Medical doctor, pharmacists, and 11 others charged with operating illegal pill mills
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Georgia
ATLANTA – An Atlanta-area gynecologist, two pharmacists, and ten other individual accomplices or pill “sponsors” have been indicted, charged with the alleged illegal sale and distribution of controlled substances to addicts and drug dealers.
“When medical professionals allegedly abuse their credentials to divert dangerous prescriptions pills to the streets for personal profit, the toll on our communities is devastating,” said U.S. Attorney Kurt R. Erskine. “The opioid crisis is far from over, and we continue our work with our federal, state and local law enforcement partners to pursue those who traffic in these dangerous drugs.”
“While in the midst of this country’s prescription opioid epidemic, removing and ultimately eliminating physicians who recklessly overprescribe pharmaceutical pills (particularly prescribed opioids) for non-medical reasons, is an important part of DEA’s mission,” said Robert J. Murphy, the Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Atlanta Field Division. “This pill peddling gynecologist allegedly distributed large quantities of opiate-based pills to scores of drug-seeking patients. He, and his accomplices, will no longer be able to commit such unlawful acts thanks to spirited law enforcement cooperation.”
“This indictment should serve as a warning to any medical professional considering operating a pill mill,” said James E. Dorsey, Special Agent in Charge IRS Criminal Investigation, Atlanta Field Office. “IRS-CI remains committed to working with our law enforcement partners to bring those seeking to illegally enrich themselves at the expense of our communities, to justice.”
According to U.S. Attorney Erskine, the charges, and other information presented in court: Anthony Mills, M.D., was a licensed physician with a specialty listed with the Georgia Composite Medical Board of Gynecology. Mills, however, did not maintain a gynecology practice at any address listed with Medical Board or the DEA. Instead, he allegedly operated a pill mill out of his Atlanta-area home, where he allegedly sold prescriptions to addicts and drug-dealing sponsors in exchange for cash payments.
Despite Mills’s specialization in gynecology, many of the “patients” to whom Mills provided prescriptions were male. A large number of the prescriptions allegedly were provided to sponsors, including defendants Thomika Riley, Brittany Tinker, Natalie Jackson, Keandre Bates, Jeana Alston, Javon Hamilton, Chafulumisa Lisbon, Marcena Jordan, and Travious Polain, in the names of third parties that Mills had never evaluated, and in many cases had never met. Some of the prescriptions that Mills issued to sponsors were for individuals whose identities had been stolen, who were incarcerated at the time of the prescription, or who were deceased at the time of the prescription. Mills also allegedly allowed Rogerick Smith and Natalie Jackson, who were not medical professionals, to sell prescriptions they wrote using Mills’ name and DEA registration number.
The indictment also alleges that Raphael Ogunsusi operated two pharmacies – Evansmill Pharamcy and Retox Pharmacy – for the purpose of unlawfully dispensing and distributing controlled substances. Ogunsusi, as well as pharmacist Moses Kirigwi, dispensed a large number of prescriptions issued by Mills and others, that were presented by sponsors in the names of third parties. Ogunsusi and Kirigwi dispensed these prescriptions despite the fact that they were in excess of medically appropriate dosages and combinations and despite obvious signs that the pills were being abused, sold, or otherwise diverted. Most of the controlled substance prescriptions dispensed at Evansmill Pharmacy and Retox Pharmacy were written by Mills, including prescriptions filled by sponsors in the names of individuals were not present, and in many cases, whose identities had been stolen. Ogunsusi and Kirigwi often charged over $900 to fill a single prescription for oxycodone and $500 to fille a prescription of Percocet, well above the market value for legitimate prescriptions.
To disguise the significantly inflated prices that he charged for the illegal controlled substance prescriptions, Ogunsusi allegedly falsified the pricing information on his pharmacy computers to give the appearance that he had charged market prices for the controlled substances. Ogunsusi and Kirigwi also required sponsors to purchase additional non-controlled substances that the sponsors neither wanted or needed, which further maximized Ogunsusi’s profits for the illegal dispensing and distributing of controlled substances.
The following have been arrested and arraigned on federal drug charges for their respective roles in operating “pill mills:”
- Anthony Mills, 55, of Atlanta, Georgia,
- Raphael Ogunsusi, 69, of Conyers, Georgia,
- Moses Kirigwi, 29, of Brookhaven, Georgia,
- Thomika Riley, a/k/a TJ, 48, of McDonough, Georgia,
- Brittany Tinker, 28, of Lithonia, Georgia,
- Natalie Jackson, 37, of Stone Mountain, Georgia,
- Rogerick Smith, a/k/a Fasho, 43, of Douglasville, Georgia,
- Keandre Bates, 29, of Decatur, Georgia,
- Chafulumisa Lisbon, a/k/a Chafu, 31, of Atlanta, Georgia,
- Javon Hamilton, 32, of Bluffton, South Carolina,
- Marcena Jordan, 28, of Forrest Park, Georgia.
Raphael Ogunsusi was also indicted individually on money laundering charges. Defendants Jeana Alston, a/k/a Tina, 41, of Atlanta, Georgia, and Travious Polain, a/k/a Magic, 30, of Decatur, Georgia, who are also charged in the indictment, remain fugitives.
Members of the public are reminded that the indictment only contains charges. The defendants are presumed innocent of the charges and it will be the government’s burden to prove the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.
This case is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys David A. O’Neal and Laurel Boatright Milam are prosecuting the case.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta recommends parents and children learn about the dangers of drugs at the following web site: www.justthinktwice.gov.
For further information please contact the U.S. Attorney’s Public Affairs Office at USAGAN.PressEmails@usdoj.gov or (404) 581-6016. The Internet address for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia is http://www.justice.gov/usao-ndga.
Updated December 17, 2021