White Collar Villains: Dr. Oscar Linares Arrested For Thriving Narcotics Business
Friday, March 25, 2011 at 9:00 am
The 53-year old Linares' practice was so thriving the waiting room was standing room only, and the parking lot had an attendant. They'd see as many as 230 patients a day, with employees receiving a $25 bonus for every day they topped 200. Linares would generally see no more than 20 of those patients, and had a clinical care provider with no medical experience sign some of the prescriptions. (Their previous work experience was at Lowe's.)
On average Linares' practice saw 120 patients/day which is $21,000/day and $5.5 million/year just in office fees. That does not include the $250 for each test conducted or reimbursements from Medicare or Medicaid. He used the money to buy as many as 7 luxury vehicles and expensive watercraft, since seized by the Feds along with four bank accounts.
Patients would wait for hours and never see the doctor, and were forced to get medical tests without regard to their symptoms or medical conditions. Patients were filling Dr. Linares' prescriptions up to 200 miles from Monroe, and coming in from Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois and Pennsylvania. Patients were actually selling their drugs in his parking lot. When brought to his attention he replied, "There's nothing I can do. I'm not the police."
Undercover officers -- tipped off by pharmacists -- would receive prescriptions and refills whether they saw the doctor or not, irregardless of whether they reported any pain, and for a wide variety of substances including excessive quantities of Vicodin, Oxycotin, and Percocet. (One undercover officer only saw the doctor on his 10th visit, and in that case it was via a television monitor.)
Linares is charged with unlawfully distributing prescription drug controlled substances and health care fraud. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison, a $1 million fine or both.
Just proof you can't tell the size of the drug dealer by the gold chains and the posse he keeps. Let's hope they find all his assets because he made in excess of $20M in just the three years they noted.
Read last Friday's White Collar Villains: Ray Sansom, Former Florida House Speaker Accused of Using State Budget To Benefit Self & Friends.