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Oldsmar doctor faces more charges in pill mill investigation

Dr. Paul Awa faces 17 new drug trafficking charges on top of the seven from 2011.

Dr. Paul Awa faces 17 new drug trafficking charges on top of the seven from 2011.

TAMPA — Three years after he was arrested and accused of prescribing pain pills to people who didn't need them, Dr. Paul K. Awa of Oldsmar is facing a second battery of drug trafficking charges.

The additional charges, which include 14 felony counts of trafficking oxycodone, will be added to the seven charges Awa was facing from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office's investigation of a W Waters Avenue pain clinic called JW Wellness.

At the time of his arrest in 2011, Awa was a physician at JW Wellness but was also working at a pain clinic in Thonotosassa called Main Street Medical.

State investigators seized Main Street Medical's records and, three years later, the Florida Attorney General's Office is bringing charges against Awa for his work there.

In addition to the 14 new charges, Awa, 61, is being charged with two counts of delivery of alprazolam and one count of prescriber practitioner fraud.

"Dr. Awa provided only a cursory physical examination not adequate to evaluate or confirm a patient's injury," a statement from the Attorney General's Office says.

Arrested Friday, Awa has been released on $111,000 bail.

Oldsmar doctor faces more charges in pill mill investigation 04/21/14 [Last modified: Monday, April 21, 2014 9:53pm]
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