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Case Number: 3:19-cr-00092
Judge: Eli J. Richardson
Court: United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee (Davidson County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States District Attorney’s Office, Nashville, Tennessee
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Description: Nashville, Tennessee drug distribution charge criminal defense lawyer represented Dr. Lawrence J. Valdez, M.D., who was charged with unlawfully distributing controlled substances.
Lawrence J. Valdez, M.D., 51, was sentenced after pleading guilty in November 2019 to one count of unlawful distribution of controlled substances.
Valdez admitted that in February 2017 he knowingly distributed oxymorphone, a Schedule II controlled substance, to a patient without a legitimate medical purpose and outside the usual course of professional practice. He further admitted to distributing Schedule II opioids to four different patients without a legitimate medical purpose and outside the course of professional practice on 16 other occasions between June 2016 and February 2017, and in exchange for sexual intercourse and other sexual acts with those patients.
The DEA, the District Attorney General’s Office for the 18th Judicial District and the 18th Judicial District Drug Task Force investigated the case. Assistant Chief Kilby Macfadden and Trial Attorney William M. Grady of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section are prosecuting the case
The Fraud Section leads the Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid (ARPO) Strike Force. Since its inception in October 2018, the ARPO Strike Force, which operates in 10 districts, has charged more than 70 defendants who are collectively responsible for distributing more than 50 million pills. Thus far there have been 32 guilty pleas as a result of ARPO Strike Force’s efforts. The Fraud Section leads the Medicare Fraud Strike Force. Since its inception in March 2007, the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, which maintains 15 strike forces operating in 24 districts, has charged more than 4,200 defendants who have collectively billed the Medicare program for approximately $19 billion. In addition, the Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, working in conjunction with the HHS-Office of Inspector General, are taking steps to increase accountability and decrease the presence of fraudulent providers.
Individuals who believe that they may be a victim in this case should visit the Fraud Section’s Victim Witness website for more information.
Indictment 4/3/19: 21:841(a)(1) Distribution of controlled substances
Outcome: 11/12/2020 48 Minute Entry for proceedings held before District Judge Eli J. Richardson: Sentencing Hearing as to Lawrence J. Valdez held on 11/12/2020. Testimony presented and arguments heard; Defendant is sentenced to24 months' incarceration; 3 years' supervised release; $100 special assessment; defendant to self-report to institution designated by the Bureau of Prisons by 2:00 p.m. on January 11, 2021; judgment to enter. (Court Reporter Debbie Watson.) (jm) (Entered: 11/13/2020)
11/12/2020 49 EXHIBIT AND WITNESS LIST prepared by Deputy Clerk re 48 Minute Entry. (jm) (Entered: 11/13/2020)