Doctor convicted of getting drugs by fraud
Dr. Christina Paylan, a cosmetic surgeon accused of using patient information to obtain Demerol for herself, was found guilty on Wednesday and taken into custody, according to a spokesman for the Hillsborough State Attorney's Office.
In June 2011, Tampa police arrested Paylan and her boyfriend and accused them of illegally possessing Demerol, an addictive narcotic painkiller similar to morphine in strength. Paylan also was charged with trafficking hydrocodone and possessing Valium and Xanax. Those charges were later dropped. Florida's Department of Health suspended her license, but later lifted the suspension.
On Wednesday, after three hours of deliberation, a jury found Paylan guilty of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and fraudulent use of personal information. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment. Her sentencing has been scheduled for Aug. 22.