Orange County Psychiatrist Arrested on Federal Charges Alleging Illegal Prescriptions for Opioids Without Legitimate Medical Need

The use of undercover officers who pose as "patients" are standard where physicians are charged with prescribing without legitimate medical necessity. A recent case used at least one undercover officer in its investigation.A psychiatrist Dr. Robert Tinoco Perez who practices at a Santa Ana clinic was arrested on June 30, 2018 by special agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration on federal charges that allege he issued prescriptions for scheduled drugs, such as the opioid oxycodone, without a medical purpose.    Dr. Perez was named in a 14-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury on June 27. An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime and is not evidence. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in court.The indictment charges Dr. Perez with selling prescriptions to drug customers, as well as to brokers who allegedly sold the drugs…

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