Tuesday, June 19, 2018
News Roundup

Tampa pill mill doctor faces at least 25 years

TAMPA — A Tampa doctor faces at least 25 years in prison after his recent conviction in a conspiracy to traffic oxycodone, the state Attorney General's Office announced Monday.

The doctor, 62-year-old Paul Awa, still awaits prosecution on similar charges in another case.

Awa, who worked at JW Wellness and two other Hillsborough County clinics, prescribed excessive amounts of oxycodone regardless of patients' injuries or complaints, the state alleged.

Tampa police Chief Jane Castor and Attorney General Pam Bondi praised the collaborative efforts of their agencies. "It's these types of joint investigations that have shut down Tampa's dangerous pill mills," Castor said in a statement.

Awa is set to be sentenced in August by Hillsborough Circuit Judge William Fuente. He still faces charges in an investigation by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office and Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

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