ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) - A former Alexandria, Va. doctor has been sentenced to prison time for conspiring to distribute oxycodone, says Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.
According to MacBride, 55-year-old Larren Wade of Venice, Fl., who had a medical practice in Alexandria, Va., was sentenced to 70 months in prison on Friday. He will also be placed on 3 years of supervised release.
Wade admitted that between March and July 2010, he issued thousands of prescriptions for pain medications, sometimes exceeding 2,000 pills per patient each month, according to court documents. These prescriptions were sometimes given out without conducting a physical examination, looking at medical records, or establishing a treatment plan, according to records. Wade also operated an almost strictly cash business and with 30 to 50 patients per day, but once he saw more than 100 patients in a single day and collected nearly $10,000 in cash.
Wade was the subject of an undercover operation. He issued several prescriptions for oxycodone to two undercover officers for no legitimate medical purpose, say officials. The undercover officers asked if they could obtain a prescription for a "friend" who did not exist. Officials say two prescriptions for oxycodone were written for the fictitious patient after an $85 office visit fee was paid. Then, Wade created a patient file for the fictitious patient.