June 30, 2016 |
A federal jury Tuesday convicted a Levittown doctor accused of running a multimillion-dollar pill mill with help from the Pagans Motorcycle Club of drug, money-laundering, bankruptcy-fraud, and other charges. During 23 days of testimony, the government questioned strippers, former patients, investigators, and Pagans members, all of whom said that William J. O'Brien was a drug dealer who illegally prescribed painkillers. O'Brien contended that nearly everyone was lying. He called out U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Special Agent Joshua Gill multiple times for not knowing that opioids could be used for headaches.
June 29, 2016 |
IN WILLIAM J. O'BRIEN'S eyes, the U.S. government and members of the FBI are a bunch of "liars" and "bullies" who have charged him with drug-related offenses for no legitimate reason. But to Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Leahy and her colleagues, O'Brien is a doctor who conspired with the Pagans Motorcycle Club to deal drugs, trade pills for oral sex, and write multiple prescriptions without any type of medical standard or diagnosis. These were the main points in closing arguments in a trial in which O'Brien, who has acted as his own attorney, is accused of 14 counts of drug and related charges, stemming from a "pill mill" he allegedly ran with the motorcycle club.
June 23, 2016 |
IT'S A TRIAL that has featured an interesting cast of witnesses: strippers, members of a motorcycle club, an FBI special agent. And on Tuesday, in the case of U.S. v. William J. O'Brien III , the latest to testify was a fellow physician. O'Brien, 51, a former Democratic candidate for Bucks County coroner who is serving as his own attorney, is accused of 14 counts of drug and related charges from allegedly running a pill mill with the help of the Pagans Motorcycle Club. Stephen Thomas, a physician who is an expert witness for the prosecution, contended that on numerous occasions O'Brien prescribed painkillers without enough medical examination, and often gave patients dosages that were too high.
June 3, 2016 |
IN A TENSE cross-examination, the Bucks County doctor accused of running a pill mill with the Pagans Motorcycle Club traded verbal blows Thursday with an FBI agent over matters ranging from alleged perjury to oral sex. William J. O'Brien III, who's acting as his own attorney, is facing federal charges in a Philadelphia courtroom that he illegally distributed narcotic painkillers. Prosecutors called FBI Special Agent Joshua Gill to testify about prescriptions O'Brien had written out to several of his patients and display those records to the jury.
May 25, 2016 |
Dr. William J. O'Brien III has a way with words and a way with women. During an October 2014 appointment, he offered a patient blue Xanax pills in exchange for oral sex, describing it as "blues for a blow. " Unfortunately for O'Brien, a former Democratic candidate for Bucks County coroner, the patient was an FBI agent secretly recording the conversation at the doctor's Bustleton office. Federal prosecutors say O'Brien, 51, also propositioned local strippers for office sex in exchange for narcotic painkillers.
July 17, 2015 |
IN JANUARY, the feds announced charges against a local doctor, accusing him of running a "pill mill" and doling out fake painkiller prescriptions in exchange for cash and sex. Now, it turns out that William O'Brien III, 50, a doctor of osteopathic medicine with offices in Northeast and South Philadelphia and in Bucks County, allegedly conspired with members of the outlaw Pagans Motorcycle Club to illegally sell the drugs. In a superseding indictment unsealed yesterday, the feds added nine additional defendants to the "pill-mill" case, making for a total of 11 defendants.
September 26, 2014 |
ONE GRAVE was up a hill in a Berks County potter's field, where Sandy Stiver was buried as a Jane Doe for decades beside her sister-in-law beneath an elm tree. The spot where Sandy was dumped in 1968, her body shot up with bullets, was about 15 miles away, by a blind curve on a country road. Sandy's sister, Hazel DeMoss, of Ohio, and her brother, Walt Sterner, of Northeast Philadelphia, visited both locations yesterday for the first time since DNA tests confirmed that Sandy, 14, and their sister-in-law, Martha Stiver, 17, were the unidentified Jane Does buried in that potter's field.
March 25, 2014 |
PLASTIC Easter eggs in pastel colors hung in windows along Friendship Street in Mayfair yesterday afternoon, and children played tag along the curb. Outside one rowhouse, a puddle of blood dried and darkened on the lawn. The blood led from the puddle to the home of Michael "Brick" Lane, 31, who sources say is president of the Northeast Philadelphia Chapter of the Pagans Motorcycle Club. He was still alive last night, more than 24 hours after his cousin apparently shot him in the face and shoulder Saturday night.
August 9, 2011 |
Steven "Gorilla" Mondevergine is heading back to prison after pleading guilty Monday to aggravated assault and weapons offenses in the shooting and stabbing of Timothy "Casual" Flood, a rival leader of the Pagans Motorcycle Club, more than three years ago. Flood, who began cooperating with authorities in 2009, may also be providing information about other acts of violence in the biker underworld, including the January 2005 slaying of a leader of...