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Co-owner of bay area pain clinics given 10 years in prison

TAMPA — A federal judge sentenced the co-owner of several Tampa Bay area pain clinic to 10 years in prison for conspiring to traffic in oxycodone, the U.S. attorney's office said Thursday.

Troy Wubbena, 44, of Tampa, was a physician's assistant and co-owner of Neurology & Pain Center clinics located in Tampa, Lakeland, Sarasota, Orlando, Jacksonville and St. Petersburg.

Federal prosecutors said he used pre-signed prescription pads to write orders for oxycodone in the names of patients who didn't know it. The drugs were obtained from pharmacies and sold on the street, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

He pleaded guilty to the conspiracy on Jan. 14, and additionally faces sentencing on Oct. 1 for pleading guilty to conspiracy to prescribe oxycodone illegally and conspiracy to defraud Medicare.

Wubbena's supervising physician, Dr. Jeffery Friedlander, also pleaded guilty in the case and will be sentenced on Oct. 15.

Co-owner of bay area pain clinics given 10 years in prison 08/26/10 [Last modified: Thursday, August 26, 2010 5:52pm]
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