TAMPA — A Brandon doctor who prescribed tens of thousands of doses of pain medication while working at Florida pill mills now faces up to 20 years in federal prison.
On Thursday, a jury found Ronald John Heromin, 58, guilty of conspiracy to distribute and dispense oxycodone and alprazolam not for legitimate medical purposes, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Tampa.
Besides prison, Heromin faces forfeiture of his medical license, his DEA registration and money seized during the investigation at his July 24 sentencing.
Heromin was indicted in 2011. Federal prosecutors said that between late 2009 and October 2011, he was the prescribing physician at several pain management clinics including Gulfshore Pain Management, the Tampa Bay Medical Center and the Tampa Bay Wellness Centre, all in Tampa; and the Hope for Life Wellness Center and the St. Mary's Medical Institute in Miami-Dade County.
Heromin made thousands of prescriptions for large doses of oxycodone and alprazolam to drug addicts and doctor shoppers who often came from as far as Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee, prosecutors said.
More than 500,000 oxycodone pills and 230,000 alprazolam pills, prescribed by Heromin, were filled at a single outlet — VIP Pharmacy in Tampa, prosecutors said.
Owners and operators of the Tampa Bay Wellness Centre and the VIP Pharmacy have previously been convicted of federal conspiracy and money laundering charges.