The prescription drug ring run by doctors in Detroit makes many question as to what happened to do no harm. Just one day after the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services released a report that drug overdose deaths had spiked 14 percent, U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced that several doctors and their assistants were indicted for running a drug-trafficking ring that brought prescription drugs onto the streets of Michigan.
The list of doctors involved in the prescription drug ring includes three doctors but also pharmacists and patient recruiters who assisted in bringing more than 1 million painkillers onto the streets, reports the Detroit Free Press on March 9. In all, 10 drug-ring participants were indicted for running a prescription drug-trafficking scheme between 2013 and 2015.
As U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade said in a statement, “diversion of prescription pills to the street market promotes the addiction to painkillers that leads to overdose deaths. We are focusing on charging doctors, pharmacists and the networks that are putting this poison on the streets.”
The indictment against the doctors involved in the prescription drug ring was released on Wednesday and lists the following 10 people:
1. Dr. Boris Zigmond, 50, of West Bloomfield
2. Dr. Jennifer Franklin, 39, of Harrison Township
3. Dr. Carlos Godoy, 78, of Farmington Hills
4. Rodney Knight, 32, of Highland Park
5. Tara Marcia Jackson, 53, of Detroit
6. Sashanti Morris, 44, of Detroit
7. Anna Fradlis, 61, of West Bloomfield
8. Maryna Pitsenko, 46, of Sterling Heights
9. Svetlana Sribna, 64, Sterling Heights
10. Marina Jacobs, 44, of West Bloomfield
Number one on the list, 50-year-old Dr. Boris Zigmond, is a chiropractor and the leader of the prescription drug ring. The doctor actually never saw the patients himself or wrote the prescriptions but had several office suites in several location in Oak Park. In those locations, Dr. Franklin and Dr. Godoy would see fake patients and write prescriptions.
The three doctors from West Bloomfield, and Harrison Township Farmington Hills were assisted in the elaborate prescription drug ring scheme by Knight, Jackson and Morris, who functioned as “marketers” or “patient recruiters.”
Fradlis, Pitsenko, Sribna and Jacobs scheduled the appointments for the fake patients. Once a fake patient had been “seen,” the prescription was signed by the doctors and could then be filled out at various pharmacies.
The doctors’ lucrative prescription drug ring — including opioids like Roxicodone and Oxycodone – was a big business on the black market bringing in 5.7 million. Doctor Zigmond, who was initially arrested in Florida last May for organizing the prescription drug ring, also was charged with money laundering.