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Pinellas doctor found guilty of illegally prescribing oxycodone

TAMPA — A Pinellas County doctor who once urged the use of yoga to control pain has been found guilty in federal court of illegally distributing the painkiller oxycodone.

A jury found Dr. John Anthony Gianoli III, 51, guilty on Friday but acquitted him on two other charges of distributing the drug. Jurors were unable to reach a verdict on two additional charges.

Gianoli, who practiced in St. Petersburg before moving to Largo, faces a maximum of 20 years in prison when he is sentenced in U.S. District Court on Sept. 5 and forfeits his medical license. But without any prior record, it is unlikely that Gianoli will receive a sentence anywhere close to the statutory maximum.

Between September 2009 and July 2010, an undercover detective posed as a patient and visited Gianoli's practice, the Body of Dr. G, in St. Petersburg, according to testimony at trial. The doctor prescribed oxycodone five times even though the undercover detective told Gianoli that he was diverting some to his girlfriend, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Gianoli said in 2010 that he was an internal medicine and pain management specialist who used yoga in his own recovery from two car crashes and later urged its use with patients to reduce pain.

Pinellas doctor found guilty of illegally prescribing oxycodone 06/19/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 9:40pm]
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