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Doctor convicted of running Pinellas Park pill mill

2/11/2010 booking mug of Jacinta Irene Gillis  (DOB 07/30/1969). Photo from the Lee County Sheriff's Office website.
2/11/2010 booking mug of Jacinta Irene Gillis (DOB 07/30/1969). Photo from the Lee County Sheriff's Office website.
Published Nov. 2, 2015

A Florida doctor was found guilty of running two pill mills, including one in Pinellas Park, that attracted thousands of people who paid cash for prescriptions of highly addictive drugs.

Dr. Jacinta Gillis, 46, was convicted Friday of racketeering, conspiracy to commit racketeering, conspiracy to traffic in controlled substances, and two counts of money laundering.

For about two years, detectives in Pinellas and Lee counties investigated Gillis' two clinics, located in Pinellas Park and Lehigh Acres. Prosecutors said during the trial that Gillis saw 50 to 70 patients every day. Patients would line outside the door for prescriptions that they paid $125 for in cash.

Gillis, who was arrested in 2011, also prescribed medications without examining her patients, and sometimes even saw them via webcam. She made about $1.3 million in one year.

Gillis is scheduled to be sentenced next month. She faces a minimum of 25 years in prison.

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