New MSP task force to investigate medical professionals distributing drugs
Wednesday, October 23rd 2019
MICHIGAN, (WPBN/WGTU) — The Michigan State Police (MSP) announced a new task force that will investigate medical professionals suspected of illegally distributing controlled substances.
According to MSP, investigations conducted by the Diversion Investigation Unit have already resulted in charges for two medical professionals with other cases pending statewide.
Remona Brown of Lansing has been charged with one count of conducting a criminal enterprise, one count of conspiracy to manufacture illegal prescriptions, nine counts of manufacturing illegal prescriptions and one count of healthcare fraud.
Arduth Burgess of Mason has been charged with one count of manufacturing illegal prescriptions, two counts of possessing controlled substances, one count of healthcare fraud and one count of failing to keep records as well as one misdemeanor count of licensee prescription violations.
“We evolve as crime does,” director of the Michigan State Police Col. Joe Gasper said. “This is a very real and potentially deadly part of the opioid epidemic. Prescribing medically unnecessary controlled substances pushes highly addictive drugs on to our streets impacting public and patient safety.”
More information about the task force, MSP and statewide efforts to prevent opioid abuse can be found at MSP’s website.