Elkins Park doctor, 79, sentenced in running S. Philly 'pill mill'

Posted: January 29, 2013

A South Philadelphia doctor, convicted on 18 of 19 counts relating to running a "pill mill" at his office at 7th and Morris Streets, was sentenced today to seven years in federal prison.

Richard Minicozzi, 79, who lives in Elkins Park, sold prescriptions for oxycodone and distributed Vicodin and Xanax for cash to "patients" who had no legitimate need for the drugs, prosecutors said.

Minicozzi's attorney, Jeff Miller, told the Inquirer that his client suffers from dementia and that wholesalers who sold him the drugs are guilty of profiting from the unusually high volumes Minicozzi ordered.

Joan Israel, Minicozzi's office assistant, previously pleaded guilty for creating phony medical records, said a spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger.

In addition to the prison term, District Court Judge J. Curtis Joyner ordered Minicozzi to pay a $40,000 fine.


Contact Sam Wood at 215-854-2796, @samwoodiii or samwood@phillynews.com.

 

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