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Fla. ‘Pill mill’ doctor sentenced to 25 years in prison and a $500,000 fine

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Pam Bondi Attorney General FLAfter a successful prosecution by Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution, Dr. Ronald Lynch, a “pill mill” doctor, was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison on drug trafficking charges and a $500,000 fine by Judge Marlene Alva.

Bondi’s office released the following statement:

Acting on information provided by Walgreens Pharmacy, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigated Lynch, of Integrative Medicine of Lake Mary, for illegally prescribing opiates. Lynch was found guilty on charges of trafficking in oxycodone of 4 grams or more, trafficking in oxycodone of 28 grams or more, and trafficking in morphine of 28 grams or more, all first-degree felonies.

“This pill mill doctor is no longer funneling prescription drugs into our communities thanks to a great collaborative effort, beginning with Walgreens Pharmacy reporting prescriptions using a revoked Drug Enforcement Administration number,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi. “I thank the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and State Attorney Archer’s office for their partnership on this case.”

Based on a complaint filed in 2011 by Walgreens Pharmacy, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office investigated Lynch for writing prescriptions using a revoked Drug Enforcement Administration number. Lynch’s DEA number had been revoked after the DEA discovered that he had prescribed excessive opiate prescriptions via the Internet to thousands of people across the country.

The State Attorney’s Office for the 18th Judicial District assisted with the case.

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