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Case Number: 1:19-cr-00112-MRB
Judge: Michael R. Barrett
Court: United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio (Harrison County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States District Attorney’s Office
Description: Cincinnati, Ohio drug distribution criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant.
George Griffin, M.D., 71, of Cincinnati, was charged with one count of unlawful distribution of controlled substances on Oct. 5, 2020.
According to court documents, Griffin prescribed controlled substances to patients in amounts and for lengths of time that were outside the scope of legitimate medical practice. Griffin routinely prescribed controlled substances to patients even though various “red flags” suggested that he should stop writing those prescriptions, change the prescriptions, and/or counsel patients accordingly. Further, according to court documents, Griffin prescribed dangerous combinations of drugs known to heighten the risk of overdose and death.
Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicholas L. McQuaid of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; Acting U.S. Attorney Vipal Patel of the Southern District of Ohio; Special Agent in Charge Keith Martin of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Detroit Division; Special Agent in Charge William “Chris” Hoffman of the FBI’s Cincinnati Field Office; and Special Agent in Charge Lamont Pugh III of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General’s (HHS-OIG) Chicago Regional Office made the announcement.
The DEA; FBI; HHS-OIG; Ohio Attorney General’s Office; Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation; and Ohio Board of Pharmacy investigated the case.
Trial Attorneys Chris Jason, and Katherine Pridemore of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section are prosecuting the case.
Outcome: 03/01/2021 40 Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Michael R. Barrett:Sentencing held on 3/1/2021 for George Griffin (1); counsel present; Sentencing: Count 1 - 40 Months BOP custody; 3 years supervised release with conditions of release; $100.00 Special Assessment; the imposition of sentence is being held until the Court receives a medical report to determine a reporting date; a follow up is set for 6/21/21 at 2:00 pm and will be conducted by GoToMeeting; the medical report should be forwarded to the USA no later than 6/11/21. (Court Reporter: Maryann Maffia) (ba) (Entered: 03/01/2021)
03/01/2021 41 Order Regarding Use Of Video Conferencing/Teleconferencing as to George Griffin. Signed by Judge Michael R. Barrett on 3/1/21. (ba) (Entered: 03/01/2021)