Doctor gets 20 years for operating pill mill clinics
Updated On: Aug 08 2014 09:51:27 AM EDT
A Georgia doctor convicted by a federal jury of over 90 counts of drug distribution offenses for his role in prescribing hundreds of thousands of pain medications for no legitimate medical purpose was sentenced last month to 20 years in prison.
According to the evidence presented at trial and at the sentencing hearing, Cleveland Enmon was a licensed physician in California and Georgia since in or about 2005. In May 2011, Enmon began working at Brunswick Wellness, a pill mill located in Brunswick.
During a two-month period while working at Brunswick Wellness, Enmon wrote prescriptions to thousands of people from all over the eastern United States, from Maine to Florida, for no legitimate medical purpose. Most of those patients were drug dealers or drug addicts.
For writing the unlawful prescriptions, Enmon was paid nearly $70,000 by the owners of Brunswick Wellness.
After agents of the DEA executed search warrants at Brunswick Wellness in July 2011, and shut it down, Enmon opened up his own pill mill in Jesup, known as Ocean Care, where he continued to write prescriptions for massive amounts of controlled substances for no legitimate medical purpose.
Before Ocean Care was shut down in December 2011, Enmon raked in nearly $500,000 for writing the bogus prescriptions, some of which he used to buy himself a yellow Ferrari Spyder. The DEA later seized the Ferrari, along with tens of thousands of dollars from bank accounts in Enmon's name.
At Enmon's trial, numerous patients, employees, other doctors, and members of the Brunswick and Jesup communities testified about his criminal conduct at both Brunswick Wellness and Ocean Care. The trial testimony showed that Enmon would issue prescriptions to virtually anyone who was willing to pay him $350 fee for a prescription. At least one patient testified that she paid for her prescription by arranging for a prostitute to provide services to Enmon. Other evidence showed that Enmon even prescribed massive amounts of prescription medications to a pregnant woman, who later gave birth to a baby born addicted to pain medications.
In December 2013, after four days of testimony, a federal jury convicted Enmon of 92 counts of conspiracy to unlawfully dispense controlled substances, unlawful dispensation of controlled substances, and money laundering. Enmon has been in the custody of the United States Marshals since before trial in this matter.
He is the fifth and final defendant convicted in connection with the investigation of the Brunswick Wellness and Ocean Care pill mills. Others convicted were:
- Ronald Colandrea, of Miami, Florida, who was the owner of Brunswick Wellness, and who is now serving seven years in prison and was required to forfeit more than $500,000 in cash and vehicles;
- Natalie Anderson, of Jesup, who was the manager of Brunswick Wellness, and who is now serving five years in prison;
- Dr. Dennis Momah, of Portland, Oregon, who was another doctor at Brunswick Wellness, and who surrendered his medical license and is now serving three years in prison; and,
- Dr. Bruce Tetalman, of Augusta, Georgia, who was also a doctor at Brunswick Wellness, and who surrendered his medical license and is now serving five years of probation.
In addition to the prison sentence, Enmon was ordered to serve five years of supervised release upon release from prison. There is no parole in the federal system.
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