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Pasco doctor sentenced to prison for running pill mill

A Pasco County doctor pleaded guilty to 12 counts of operating an unlicensed pain management clinic in Port Richey and was sentenced to 18 months in prison, Attorney General Pam Bondi's office announced Thursday.

Dr. Malcom Foster, 63, was arrested in January on pill mill related charges after an investigation revealed that more than 78 percent of his patients were receiving controlled substances for pain from his office at 10130 U.S. 19. The investigation also revealed that Foster had prescribed more than 1.3 million opioid-based pills such as Oxycodone and Oxycontin, Bondi's office said in a news release.

In December, Pasco sheriff's detectives confiscated more than 1,350 medical records from Foster's home at 7726 Salt Lane in Port Richey and the charred remains of more records in a pit in the back yard.

The Florida Department of Health revoked Foster's medical license in 2012 after an investigation revealed he was having sex with a patient whom he knew to be a victim of prior sexual abuse.

Pasco doctor sentenced to prison for running pill mill 05/15/14 [Last modified: Thursday, May 15, 2014 6:03pm]
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