WI: ‘The Oxy Czar’: Woman sentenced for role in “pill mill” distribution of Oxycodone in Milwaukee

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Officials say the two were issuing baseless prescriptions for high doses of Oxycodone and other opioids in exchange for cash.

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) — The former co-owner and office manager of the Compassionate Care Clinic in Milwaukee was sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison for her role in the distribution of Oxycodone on Thursday, March 18.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, court records show Susan Moyer, 58, and her codefendant, Milwaukee-area doctor Steven Kotsonis, operated the Compassionate Care Clinic as a “pill mill”.

Officials say the two were issuing baseless prescriptions for high doses of Oxycodone and other opioids in exchange for cash.

According to a news release, court filings say Moyer was not a licensed health professional and had no medical training. However, she would write out prescriptions, which Kotsonis would sign without actually seeing the individual patient or doing any examination.

Officials say during a visit to the clinic during the investigation, Moyer was recorded referring to herself as the “Oxy Czar.”

Moyer and Kotsonis each pled guilty to felony offenses. In July, Kotsonis also was sentenced to a year and a day in prison, officials say.

“The Department of Justice is committed to using all available tools to stop those involved in fueling the opioid crisis,” Acting United States Attorney Richard G. Frohling said. “I commended the hard work and dedication of the investigators, agents, analysts, and attorneys involved in seeking to bring justice to the individuals harmed by the actions of Ms. Moyer and Mr. Kotsonis.”

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