Tuesday, January 16, 2018
News Roundup

Lutz pharmacist convicted of illegal oxycodone sales

TAMPA — A federal jury found a Lutz pharmacist guilty Wednesday of conspiracy to illegally distribute 40,000 oxycodone pills, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Ihab "Steve" Barsoum, 42, last year provided a government informer with oxycodone even though the prescriptions were fraudulent, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Testimony at trial revealed Barsoum told the informer how to write medical information and also provided a real doctor's name and Drug Enforcement Agency registration number to make fake prescriptions.

Investigators believe Barsoum operated his business this way as far back as 2007.

The business listed on his medical license is Platinum Pharmacy on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard.

He was convicted of one count of conspiracy to distribute oxycodone outside the usual course of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose, and five counts of distributing oxycodone outside the usual course of professional practice.

Barsoum will forfeit his DEA registration number, his Florida pharmacy license, $40,000 and two BMWs. He faces a penalty of up to 40 years in prison.

His sentencing hearing will be held Nov. 7.

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