DETROIT – Two doctors were sentenced Friday in Detroit after a jury found them guilty of running a "pill mill" to supply drugs to customers at a fake medical center on the border of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.
Dr. Anthony Conrardy, 61, of Wisconsin, and Dr. William McCutchen III, 47, of North Carolina, were sentenced to 30 months in prison for the unlawful distribution of narcotics, Acting United States Attorney Daniel L. Lemisch announced.
Conrardy and McCutchen were convicted for being part of a false medical clinic called the Meghnot Comprehensive Center for Hope. Federal agents executed a search warrant at the purported medical clinic in March 2015 and found it was not a legitimate medical center.
Agents said Meghnot Clinic owner Lillian Meghnot hired staff and others to give the clinic the appearance of a medical clinic, but in reality is was a pill mill supplying narcotics to drug-seeking customers.
Conrardy and McCutchen were convicted of writing narcotic prescriptions to people who had no legitimate medical use for the drugs.
The Meghnot Center charged its patients $250 in cash for a 30-day supply of narcotics.
Guilty pleas from Meghnot and Dr. Sharadchandra Patel revealed that from around September 2011 to March 2015, the clinic operated as a pain management center that wrote prescriptions for oxycodone, dilaudid, vicodin and other narcotics for people who didn't need them.
The practice generated around $4.5 million in revenue.
Physicians at the clinic prescribed over 1.5 million oxycodone pills and other drugs.
Meghnot and Patel are scheduled to be sentenced later this year.
Conrardy was convicted of five counts of unlawfully distributing oxycodone and dilaudid. McCutchen was convicted of four counts of distributing oxycodone.