Physician Sentenced for Illegally Prescribing Oxycodone

Alicia Ault

January 13, 2020

A Pennsylvania judge has sentenced a Philadelphia-area osteopathic physician to a year and a day in jail for illegally distributing oxycodone.

The sentence is the culmination of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Health and Human Services department's Office of Inspector General, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the US Marshals Service, the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office, and the Philadelphia Police Department.

The criminal case against Richard I. Mintz, DO, was prosecuted as part of a regional Medicare Fraud Strike Force that operates in eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey, say federal authorities.

The judge also ordered Mintz to serve 3 years of supervised release and 90 days of home confinement following his release.

Mintz, 69, of Dresher, Pennsylvania, pled guilty last March to eight counts of distributing controlled substances outside the scope of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose.

While working at Ogontz Family Medical in Philadelphia from 2016 to 2018, Mintz wrote prescriptions for at least three people he did not know, and sold prescriptions to another person on seven occasions for cash, according to the state medical board and federal authorities.

Not His First Brush With the Law

In July, Mintz was also found guilty in a parallel civil case that included additional prescriptions. As a result, he agreed to pay a fine of $107,584 and surrender his medical license and DEA Certificate of Registration.

The State Board of Osteopathic Medicine has documented problems with Mintz going back almost a decade.

In 2008, police found him smoking marijuana in a car, according to a consent agreement Mintz signed in February 2015.

He eventually pled guilty to possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. The osteopathic board automatically suspended Mintz's license for 1 year starting in December 2014.

In the February 2015 consent decree, Mintz agreed to undergo substance use disorder treatment and monitoring. Three years later, in March 2018, the board reinstated Mintz's license with no restrictions, noting that he had complied with all the terms and conditions of the 2015 probation order.

Just a few months after his license reinstatement, he was selling prescriptions for cash, say federal authorities.

The state osteopathic board temporarily suspended his license a day after he pled guilty last March. A month later, Mintz agreed to a permanent surrender of his license to practice in Pennsylvania and never to apply for a medical licence again.  

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