PA: Attorney General – 4 charged after pill mill scheme worth $2M busted in Philadelphia

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PHILADELPHIA (WJAC) — Two suburban Philadelphia doctors and two others accused of generating thousands of oxycodone pills worth more than $2 million were arrested and charged following a two-year investigation, authorities said.

According to Attorney General Josh Shapiro, Emmanuel Okolo, M.D.; Mohanad Fallouh, M.D.; Evelyn “Tracie” Smith; and Smith’s cousin, Kent Hunter, operated the pill mill in Philadelphia and Montgomery counties.

In the 44th statewide investigating grand jury presentment, authorities claim Okolo and Fallouh wrote hundreds of prescriptions for “patients” they had rarely, if ever, seen for medications the patients seldom received. According to the presentment, the prescriptions were filled at pharmacies in Skippack, Northwest Philadelphia and Lansdale, places authorities say patients rarely used.

Shapiro said the group generated nearly 85,000 tablets of oxycodone during their operation.

The presentment states the estimated value of the 46,170 oxycodone pills Okolo prescribed during this time was $980,000. The street value of the 38,205 pills Fallouh prescribed was $1.07 million.

According to Pennsylvania’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, Okolo wrote 586 oxycodone prescriptions between January 2015 and September 2017 for 114 people. Officials said the prescriptions were made out to individuals who lived in three properties owned by Smith along North 18th Street in Philadelphia.

Officials said Fallouh wrote 423 oxycodone prescriptions for 71 people who lived in the same 18th Street properties.

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