A New Jersey doctor with offices in Florida and South Carolina has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Wheeling in connection with a major "pill mill" case in which federal agents say he supplied oxycodone to customers for no medical purpose, including many Ohio Valley residents who then distributed the pills in West Virginia and Ohio.
The case against Dr. Douglas Broderick, 46, who ran Liberty Medical Group in Jacksonville and Respectable Medical in Rock Hill, S.C., was unsealed yesterday following his arrest Tuesday in New Jersey, where he lives.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said Dr. Broderick's medical practices accepted only cash and would not take any form of insurance. The clinics had their own in-house pharmacies to dispense pills.
The U.S. attorney's office said customers traveled to Florida and South Carolina to get their pills and then returned to West Virginia and Ohio to sell them for a profit. Prosecutors have identified the main distributor as David Kidd, 43, of Martins Ferry, Ohio, who is among more than 20 defendants charged in a previous indictment.
The ring operated throughout the Ohio Valley from February 2010 until March 26 of this year. Prosecutors said its members distributed at least 100,000 pills with a street value of more than $3 million.
At a news conference yesterday, the DEA described Dr. Broderick as "no better than a common street dealer."
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