South Fla. doctor headed to prison for role in pill mill
By WFLA.com web staff
Dr. Rodenberg, 55, was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Friday.
POMPANO BEACH, Fl. -
A South Florida doctor was sentenced to 18 years in prison Friday following his conviction on racketeering and drug trafficking charges.
Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution prosecuted Dr. Thomas Rodenberg for crimes related to a South Florida pill mill. Dr. Rodenberg, 55, was found guilty in February on 14 counts, including: racketeering; trafficking in oxycodone; conspiracy to traffic in oxycodone; and delivery of oxycodone, hydrocodone, alprazolam and methadone.
The Office of Statewide Prosecution worked with the Drug Enforcement Administration Miami Field Division and the Broward Sheriff’s Office during the investigation into the defendant’s illegal activities.
“I thank the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Broward Sheriff’s Office for their outstanding collaboration in helping bring this dangerous drug dealer to justice,” Bondi explained in a press release. “Just this week, we announced a decline in the number of prescription drug related deaths, and the decline is in large part due to strong collaborations, such as this one.”
Dr. Rodenberg was one of 11 defendants who were arrested in August of 2012, after an investigation into Pompano Beach Medical.
During the undercover probe, agents visited the clinic posing as patients. On multiple occasions, the officers were prescribed controlled substances despite the fact there were no pathologies supporting a legitimate medical need.
Law enforcement officers received a total of 55 prescriptions for controlled substances, which included 2,968 dosage units of oxycodone.
“This judicial action is the end game for pill mill doctors like Dr. Rodenberg, who let their greed overcome their morals and common sense that endangers the public health and safety,” said DEA Special Agent Mark R. Trouville. “The DEA remains committed to working with our state and local partners to ensure pharmaceutical medicines are being used for legitimate medical needs.”
This investigation was conducted by the DEA Miami Tactical Diversion Squad (TDS) and BSO Deerfield Selective Enforcement Team.
Thursday, August 28 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-28 19:28:07 GMT
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