David Bosch and Tania Sanchez opened a pain management clinic in Hialeah in April 2017, but authorities say it was part of “a scheme to unlawfully distribute thousands of pills of oxycodone.”
The couple, and another woman who acted as a patient recruiter, this week pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.
Bosch, 46, Sanchez, 47 and Odalys Abreu, 45, will be sentenced November 7, according to the Department of Justice.
“The so-called ‘pain clinic’ owned by David Bosch and Tania Sanchez traded oxycodone prescriptions for cash, resulting in bogus, medically unnecessary prescriptions for at least 7,500 tablets of oxycodone,” said Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski in a news release. “Pill mills like this must be shut down. The Department of Justice is committed to reducing the staggering number of opioid overdoses in this country, and holding accountable all responsible parties, from owners of illegal clinics to patient recruiters, for their roles in this deadly scourge.”
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Ledif Acanda Machado, 39, who was charged in connection with the clinic’s activities, remains a fugitive.
According to the Justice Department, Bosch and Sanchez owned and operated East Medical Office Inc., located at 3778 W. 12th Ave., in Hialeah. The cash-only clinic remained open until the couples’ arrest in May.
Here’s how the scheme worked, according to authorities: Bosch and Sanchez hired a physician to write prescriptions for oxycodone even if it wasn’t medically necessary. They paid the physician $125 for each prescription. They then worked with patient recruiters and drug diverters to distribute oxycodone, according to the news release.
“Abreu recruited her own patients to visit East,” the department wrote in the news release. “Abreu brought to East at least 18 individuals who paid approximately $250 for each purported ‘medical consultation’ in order to receive controlled substances, especially oxycodone, that were not medically necessary.