Morgantown doctor indicted for providing prescriptions illegally

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A Morgantown doctor was indicted this week by a federal grand jury for providing prescriptions illegally.

A 50-count indictment charges Felix Brizuela, Jr., 61, of Harrison City, Pa., for distributing controlled substances outside the bounds of professional medical practice, according to court documents.

George Naum, III, a doctor from the Wheeling area, and Eric Drake, a business partner, are also named in the indictment.

Brizuela overprescribed oxycodone, oxymorphone and fentanyl to individuals between 2013 and 2015 in Monongalia County, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The indictment also accuses Brizuela of working with a medical laboratory based in Dallas on a kickback scheme. Investigators said Brizuela received benefits for directing urine tests to the company.

Brizuela is also accused of working with Naum and Drake at a substance abuse clinic in Weirton called Advance Healthcare, where they allegedly wrote prescriptions for treatment of opioid addiction without screening and evaluating the patients properly.

Brizuela is indicted on 21 counts of distribution of controlled substances outside the bounds of professional medical practice, one count of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances outside the bounds of professional medical practice and 15 counts of illegal remuneration in violation of the federal anti-kickback statute. He faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for each of the distribution counts, up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for the conspiracy charge, and up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on each of the kickback charges.

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