Crime News Local News Texas

Texas Doctor Found Guilty Of Unlawfully Prescribing Potent Opioids To Undercover Agents Who Posed As Patients

Texas Doctor Found Guilty Of Unlawfully Prescribing Potent Opioids To Undercover Agents Who Posed As Patients

Dallas, TX: After an extensive eight-day trial, a doctor in North Texas has been found guilty of illegally prescribing potent opioids. The conviction includes one count of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and six counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance. U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, Leigha Simonton, made the announcement.

A jury has reached a verdict in the case of Leovares A. Mendez, a 58-year-old doctor who co-owned and operated Cumbre Medical Center, LLC in Dallas. The jury found Mendez guilty on all counts. The U.S. Attorney’s Office has announced that Mendez will be sentenced at a later date.

56-year-old Cesar Pena-Rodriguez, a codefendant in the case, entered a guilty plea on January 17, 2024, just five days prior to the scheduled trial. He pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance. Pena-Rodriguez’s sentencing date has been set for April 22, 2024.

Also Read: 19-Days Old Baby Girl Given Fentanyl Smokes Right in Face To Pacify Her in Abilene, Texas

Based on the evidence presented during the trial, it was found that Pena-Rodriguez and Mendez had been issuing a significant number of prescriptions without a valid medical reason and deviating from the standard professional practice.

The defendants allegedly provided prescriptions for controlled substances, such as hydrocodone, alprazolam, and tramadol, to undercover agents who posed as patients. In return, they received cash payments of $250, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The defendants were found guilty of selling prescriptions without medical justification during 24 undercover visits. During the trial, it was revealed that Mendez had been issuing prescriptions without conducting thorough medical evaluations. The visits with patients were often very brief, some lasting only one minute, as stated by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Must Read: Florida Man Arrested in New York City After Distributing Illegal Prescriptions Nationwide

Recordings of the visits made by the undercover officers revealed a consistent pattern of them specifically asking for medications without mentioning any pain. The U.S. Attorney’s Office has stated that Mendez provided guidance to the undercover officers on how to respond if questioned by law enforcement regarding the illegal prescriptions.

Mendez is now potentially facing a lengthy sentence of up to 140 years in federal prison, with each count carrying a maximum of 20 years.

An investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Donna Strittmatter Max, Marty Basu, and Renee Hunter served as the prosecutors for the case.

Also Read: Lawsuit Filed Against California Doctor and Hospital by LGBTQ Patients in LA

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *