A doctor, his wife and their son have been arrested after a two-year investigation into an alleged running pill mill at a medical center on University Parkway in Pensacola.
William Wilson, 68, and Beverly Wilson, 66, were arrested Tuesday in Norfolk, Virginia, and their son, James Wilson, 48, was arrested in Pensacola.
At least one overdose death has been directly attributed to illegally prescribed opioids at Wilson Family Medical Center, Florida Department of Law Enforcement Special Agent in Charge of Pensacola, Chris Williams, told a conference. press Tuesday afternoon announcing the arrests. The investigation remains ongoing.
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Williams said the clinic operated like a pill mill where patients, in many cases without a documented history of pain, were prescribed pills and double billed, paying both cash and paying for their insurance.
The FDLE investigation found that the clinic billed Blue Cross Blue Shield over $ 1.86 million and received $ 500,000.
Williams said there had been complaints about the medical center for years, but when they became more common and some pharmacies stopped taking prescriptions for Wilson due to concerns about his practice, the agency launched an official investigation in 2019.
FDLE agents executed their first search warrant on September 11, 2019 at the University Parkway Clinic, where they allegedly found significant evidence that the Wilsons were operating an unlicensed pain management clinic prescribing hundreds of thousands of pills of Oxycodone, Adderall, and Xanax in patients with no documented history of pain.
The clinic was closed after the search warrant in 2019. Since then, Williams said officers have added a lot of evidence and asked medical experts to assess patient records to build the case and document enough evidence to prove it. indict the three suspects.
Williams said he was personally present at the first search warrant.
“I can assure you this was unlike any legitimate doctor’s office I have been to,” he said.
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The Wilson’s are each charged with Conspiracy to Traffic Oxycodone, Illegal Use of a Two-Way Communication Device, Culpable Negligence Causing Actual Injury and Fraud Scheme.
Williams said the three had not been charged with the death of the 18-year-old who was prescribed opioids at the clinic in 2018 and who died of an overdose the next day, although he said that further charges could arise as the investigation continues.
Williams did not specify how many patients attended the clinic, but in 2018 alone, the clinic prescribed 106,000 Oxycodone tablets, 100,000 Xanax tablets and 29,000 Adderall tablets, a- he declared.
He gave examples of a man who attended the clinic between 2015 and 2019 without any documented chronic pain who was prescribed 20,000 tablets, and another who visited the clinic between 2016 and 2019. who received 9,000 tablets.
State Attorney Ginger Bowden Madden said the state is involved in the prosecution and takes the crimes very seriously.
“We take this as seriously as any violent offense because at the end of the day they have the same result. They kill,” she said.
James Wilson is being held at the Escambia County Jail. Beverly and William Wilson are both being held in Virginia and awaiting extradition to Florida.
Emma Kennedy can be reached at [email protected] or 850-480-6979.