Attorney Kate Corrigan defended an Orange County psychiatrist who faced multiple charges, including illegal distribution of oxycodone without a medical reason. It was alleged that our client wrote and sold prescriptions to drug customers who would later get them filled and sell the drugs to others, splitting the profits with our client. The co-defendant in the case was charged with selling both the prescriptions and the medications. If convicted, both men could have faced over 100 years in federal prison.
The case resulted from a Drug Enforcement Administration and Costa Mesa Police Department investigation. It was claimed our client and the co-defendant worked together from 2017 through 2018, often creating fake patients to write prescriptions for. The drugs allegedly issued included oxycodone, hydrocodone, amphetamine, Roxicodone, and Adderall.
In October of 2018, the co-defendant admitted to distributing methamphetamine and conspiring to distribute a controlled substance. In December of 2018, he was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison.
Attorney Corrigan said our client’s circumstances created a hardship that was difficult for him to deal with. “He had some rough times in his life that caused his judgment to be clouded and he’s looking forward to putting this behind him and getting his life back on track,” she told the Orange County Register.
Our client said that, with everything going on in his life at the time, he was manipulated into providing prescriptions to drug customers. Despite that, he recognized he too was at fault for his role in the alleged scheme.
In February of 2019, our client pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. During his sentence hearing, he recognized his actions could have hurt someone, and he apologized for his role. Although U.S. District Judge Andrew Guilford acknowledge our client’s reflection and behavior while he was in jail, Guilford said our client failed to see how his actions impacted the community in a time when the opioid crisis is on the rise. Our client was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison.
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