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Case Number: 1:19-cr-00050-JTN
Judge: Janet T. Neff
Court: United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan (Kent County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States District Attorney’s Office, Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Description: Grand Rapids, Michigan drug distribution charge criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant, Dr. Richard Samuel Piazza, D.O., age 63, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, who was charged with conspiracy to distribute prescription drugs.
“Dr. Piazza stands convicted of the same offenses we charge against street corner drug dealers,” U.S. Attorney Birge said. “Those who feed the opioid crisis by writing prescriptions for no legitimate medical purpose deserve to be treated this way under the law. In some ways, Dr. Piazza’s behavior was worse than that of a street dealer, because his status as a doctor gave his actions a false appearance of legitimacy.”
The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Internal Revenue Service, the Michigan
State Police, and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Clay Stiffler prosecuted the case.
21:846, 21:841(a)(1), 21:841(b)(1)(C) CONSPIRACY TO DISTRIBUTE CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE; unlawful distribution of prescription drug controlled substances
Defendant was sentenced to 71 months imprisonment as to each count (all counts to run concurrently), to be followed by 3 years of supervised release as to each count (all counts to run concurrently), fine is waived and special assessment: $100.00 as to each count ($300.00 total)