Corporate Compliance

Physician arrested for conspiring to distribute controlled substances

Compliance Monitor, March 30, 2011

The Greater Palm Beach Health Care Fraud Task Force arrested Selwyn Carrington, MD, 57, of Miami, for conspiring to dispense and distribute, and to cause the dispensing and distribution of controlled substances through medical clinics, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release.

According to the DOJ, Carrington served as the medical director of Primary Care Practitioners, a family medical practice owned by two advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNP). In exchange for $5,000 per month, Carrington allegedly went to the clinics approximately once per week to sign progress notes for patients who had been previously seen by the ARNPs. Carrington also pre-signed blank prescriptions so that the ARNPs and other employees, who have no medical licenses, could illegally prescribe controlled substances to their clients. According to the DOJ, Percocet, Oxycodone, and Xanax were all illegally prescribed in this manner.

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