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Naples doctor pleads guilty for illegally prescribing strong opioids to patients

NAPLES, Fla. – A Naples doctor pleaded guilty for illegally prescribing strong opioids and adderall to patients.

Gerald Abraham, 76, pleaded guilty to three counts of dispensing controlled substances for no legitimate medical purpose, The Department of Justice confirmed. He faces a maximum of 20 years in federal prison on each count.

According to court documents, Abraham was a licensed medical doctor practicing in Naples. Prosecutors said the DEA began an investigation after receiving a tip that the doctor was illegally prescribing strong opioids to patients who didn’t need them.

Over the next year, the DEA conducted 18 undercover patient visits to Abraham’s office, and each time prescriptions for oxycodone were received.

Abraham ignored signs of drug abuse the undercover patients pretended to have and prescribed them oxycodone without ever examining them, according to the DOJ. He also repeatedly increased the strength of the prescriptions simply because the patient asked him for more.

In one instance, he prescribed an undercover patient oxycodone after telling him the medical paperwork “shows you are completely normal.” Prosecutors said the investigation also revealed that Abraham frequently prescribed Adderall to patients for no legitimate reason.

Abraham’s clinic operated on a cash only basis, with patients paying $400 per visit, according to prosecutors. Investigators traced the proceeds of his criminal activities to multiple high-end vehicles he purchased and hundreds of thousands of dollars he held, all of which they seized.

The Naples doctor has agreed to forfeit the following to the United States:

  1. 2020 Acura NSX
  2. 2020 Porsche GT4
  3. 2021 Toyota Supra
  4. 2020 Chevrolet Corvette
  5. 2020 Aston Martin
  6. 2020 Nissan 370Z
  7. 2020 Chevrolet Camaro
  8. Two 2020 Ford Mustangs
  9. $190,496.56 paid towards a 2021 Aston Martin
  10. $249,598.52 in cash

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