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3 more plead guilty in Montgomery pill mill investigation

Three more have pleaded guilty to charges in an ongoing pill mill investigation (Source: WSFA 12 News) Three more have pleaded guilty to charges in an ongoing pill mill investigation (Source: WSFA 12 News)
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Three more have pleaded guilty to charges in an ongoing pill mill investigation, United States Attorney Louis V. Franklin Sr. announced Tuesday.

According to Franklin, Dr. Julio Delgado, 56 of Homewood, pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting the fraudulent acquisition of controlled substance. Court documents indicate Delgado worked for Dr. Sanchez at Family Practice during 2015 and 2016. During that time Delgado saw some of Sanchez’s patients when he was too busy.

On Monday in open court, Delgado admitted to writing prescriptions for someone who was never his patient and without ever examining them.

Elizabeth Cornier, 70 of Montgomery, also pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting the fraudulent acquisition of controlled substance. Documents indicate Cornier was a certified registered nurse practitioner who worked for the practice from 2016- 2017. Cornier, while pleading guilty, admitted to aiding and abetting a patient in obtaining a fraudulent prescription for buprenorphine.

Thirdly, Stephanie Michelle Ott, 42 of Fairhope, pleaded guilty to conspiring to make false statements related to health care matters. The charging documents state Ott, a registered nurse, worked for Sanchez in 2015 and 2016. During that time, she served as a practice management consultant. Through her work, documents indicate, Ott helped implement a new medical billing system for the practice knowing the system would report medical services provided by nurse practitioners as though physicians had provided them.  In doing so, the practice collected 15 percent more for each service than it would have had it reported the services accurately.

Each of the three defendants will be scheduled for a sentencing hearing over the next several months.

At sentencing, Delgado and Cornier face a maximum sentence of four years in prison as well as substantial monetary penalties. Ott faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison along with monetary penalties.

Dr. Gilberto Sanchez (Doctor)

  1. Conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance
  2. Health care fraud
  3. Money laundering
  4. Money laundering
  5. Money laundering

Dr. Shepard Odom (Doctor)

  1. Controlled substance: sell, distribute, or dispense and aiding and abetting
  2. Money Laundering: interstate commerce

Dr. Julio Delgado (Doctor)

  1. Conspiracy to distribute controlled substance
  2. Controlled substance – sell, distribute, or dispense; aiding and abetting
  3. Controlled substance – sell, distribute, or dispense; aiding and abetting
  4. Attempt and conspiracy to commit mail fraud
  5. Health care fraud; aiding and abetting
  6. Health care fraud; aiding and abetting
  7. Health care fraud; aiding and abetting
  8. Health care fraud; aiding and abetting
  9. Health care fraud; aiding and abetting
  10. Health care fraud; aiding and abetting
  11. Health care fraud; aiding and abetting
  12. Health care fraud; aiding and abetting
  13. Health care fraud; aiding and abetting
  14. Health care fraud; aiding and abetting
  15. Health care fraud; aiding and abetting
  16. Health care fraud; aiding and abetting
  17. Controlled substance – sell, distribute, or dispense
  18. Health care fraud; aiding and abetting
  19. Controlled substance – sell, distribute, or dispense; aiding and abetting
  20. Controlled substance – sell, distribute, or dispense; aiding and abetting
  21. Controlled substance – sell, distribute, or dispense; aiding and abetting
  22. Controlled substance – sell, distribute, or dispense; aiding and abetting

Dr. Willie Chester, Jr. (Doctor)

  1. Conspiracy to distribute controlled substance; forfeiture allegation
  2. Controlled substance - sell, distribute, or dispense; aiding and abetting; forfeiture allegation
  3. Controlled substance - sell, distribute, or dispense aiding and abetting; forfeiture allegation
  4. Controlled substance - sell, distribute, or dispense aiding and abetting; forfeiture allegation
  5. Controlled substance - sell, distribute, or dispense aiding and abetting; forfeiture allegation
  6. Controlled substance - sell, distribute, or dispense aiding and abetting; forfeiture allegation
  7. Attempt and conspiracy to commit mail fraud; forfeiture allegation
  8. Health care fraud; aiding and abetting; forfeiture allegation
  9. Health care fraud; aiding and abetting; forfeiture allegation
  10. Health care fraud; aiding and abetting; forfeiture allegation
  11. Health care fraud; aiding and abetting; forfeiture allegation
  12. Health care fraud; aiding and abetting; forfeiture allegation
  13. Health care fraud; aiding and abetting; forfeiture allegation
  14. Health care fraud; aiding and abetting; forfeiture allegation
  15. Health care fraud; aiding and abetting; forfeiture allegation
  16. Lillian Akwuba (Nurse practitioner)
  17. Conspiracy to distribute controlled substance
  18. Attempt and conspiracy to commit mail fraud
  19. Health care fraud, aiding and abetting
  20. Health care fraud, aiding and abetting
  21. Health care fraud, aiding and abetting
  22. Controlled substance: sell, distribute or dispense
  23. Health care fraud: aiding and abetting
  24. Health care fraud, aiding and abetting
  25. Health care fraud, aiding and abetting
  26. Health care fraud, aiding and abetting
  27. Health care fraud, aiding and abetting
  28. Health care fraud, aiding and abetting
  29. Health care fraud, aiding and abetting
  30. Health care fraud, aiding and abetting
  31. Health care fraud, aiding and abetting
  32. Health care fraud, aiding and abetting
  33. Health care fraud, aiding and abetting
  34. Controlled substance: sell, distribute, or dispense
  35. Money laundering – interstate commerce
  36. Interstate Commerce; aiding and abetting
  37. Controlled substance – sell, distribute, or dispense; aiding and abetting
  38. Controlled substance – sell, distribute, or dispense; aiding and abetting
  39. Controlled substance – sell, distribute, or dispense; aiding and abetting
  40. Controlled substance – sell, distribute, or dispense; aiding and abetting
  41. Controlled substance – sell, distribute, or dispense; aiding and abetting
  42. Controlled substance – sell, distribute, or dispense; aiding and abetting
  43. Controlled substance – sell, distribute, or dispense; aiding and abetting
  44. Controlled substance – sell, distribute, or dispense; aiding and abetting

Steven Edward Cox (Nurse practitioner)

  1. Conspiracy to distribute controlled substance
  2. Controlled substance – sell, distribute, or dispense; aiding and abetting
  3. Controlled substance – sell, distribute, or dispense; aiding and abetting
  4. Controlled substance – sell, distribute, or dispense; aiding and abetting
  5. Controlled substance – sell, distribute, or dispense; aiding and abetting
  6. Attempt and conspiracy to commit mail fraud
  7. Health care fraud; aiding and abetting
  8. Health care fraud; aiding and abetting
  9. Controlled substance – sell, distribute, or dispense
  10. Health care fraud – aiding and abetting
  11. Health care fraud – aiding and abetting
  12. Health care fraud – aiding and abetting
  13. Health care fraud – aiding and abetting
  14. Health care fraud – aiding and abetting
  15. Health care fraud – aiding and abetting
  16. Health care fraud – aiding and abetting
  17. Health care fraud – aiding and abetting
  18. Health care fraud – aiding and abetting
  19. Health care fraud – aiding and abetting
  20. Health care fraud – aiding and abetting
  21. Controlled substance – sell, distribute, or dispense; aiding and abetting
  22. Controlled substance – sell, distribute, or dispense; aiding and abetting
  23. Controlled substance – sell, distribute, or dispense; aiding and abetting
  24. Controlled substance – sell, distribute, or dispense; aiding and abetting

Elizabeth Cornier (Nurse practitioner)

  1. Conspiracy to distribute controlled substance
  2. Controlled substance – sell, distribute, or dispense; aiding and abetting
  3. Controlled substance – sell, distribute, or dispense; aiding and abetting
  4. Controlled substance – sell, distribute, or dispense; aiding and abetting
  5. Attempt and conspiracy to commit mail fraud
  6. Health care fraud; aiding and abetting
  7. Controlled substance – sell, distribute, or dispense
  8. Health care fraud – aiding and abetting
  9. Health care fraud – aiding and abetting
  10. Health care fraud – aiding and abetting
  11. Health care fraud – aiding and abetting
  12. Health care fraud – aiding and abetting
  13. Health care fraud – aiding and abetting
  14. Health care fraud – aiding and abetting
  15. Controlled substance – sell, distribute, or dispense; aiding and abetting

Stephanie Michelle Ott (Nurse)

  1. Attempt and conspiracy to commit mail fraud; forfeiture allegation
  2. Health care fraud; aiding and abetting; forfeiture allegation
  3. Johnnie Chaisson Sanders (Licensed counselor)
  4. Health care fraud and aiding and abetting, forfeiture allegations
  5. Suzanne Brownfield (Billing)
  6. Health care fraud

Akash Kumar (Billing)

  1. Health care fraud

Misty Fannin (Administration)

  1. Money laundering – interstate commerce, forfeiture allegations
  2. Money laundering – interstate commerce and aiding and abetting, forfeiture allegations
  3. Money laundering – interstate commerce and aiding and abetting, forfeiture allegations
  4. Money laundering – interstate commerce and aiding and abetting, forfeiture allegations
  5. Money laundering – interstate commerce and aiding and abetting, forfeiture allegations
  6. Money laundering – interstate commerce and aiding and abetting, forfeiture allegations
  7. Money laundering – interstate commerce and aiding and abetting, forfeiture allegations
  8. Money laundering – interstate commerce and aiding and abetting, forfeiture allegations
  9. Money laundering – interstate commerce and aiding and abetting, forfeiture allegations
  10. Money laundering – interstate commerce and aiding and abetting, forfeiture allegations
  11. Money laundering – interstate commerce and aiding and abetting, forfeiture allegations
  12. Money laundering – interstate commerce and aiding and abetting, forfeiture allegations
  13. Money laundering – interstate commerce and aiding and abetting, forfeiture allegations
  14. Money laundering – interstate commerce and aiding and abetting, forfeiture allegations
  15. Money laundering – interstate commerce and aiding and abetting, forfeiture allegations
  16. Money laundering – interstate commerce and aiding and abetting, forfeiture allegations
  17. Money laundering – interstate commerce and aiding and abetting, forfeiture allegations
  18. Money laundering – interstate commerce and aiding and abetting, forfeiture allegations
  19. Money laundering – interstate commerce and aiding and abetting, forfeiture allegations
  20. Money laundering – interstate commerce and aiding and abetting, forfeiture allegations
  21. Money laundering – interstate commerce and aiding and abetting, forfeiture allegations
  22. Money laundering – interstate commerce and aiding and abetting, forfeiture allegations
  23. Money laundering – interstate commerce and aiding and abetting, forfeiture allegations
  24. Money laundering – interstate commerce and aiding and abetting, forfeiture allegations
  25. Money laundering – interstate commerce and aiding and abetting, forfeiture allegations
  26. Money laundering – interstate commerce and aiding and abetting, forfeiture allegations
  27. Money laundering – interstate commerce and aiding and abetting, forfeiture allegations
  28. Money laundering – interstate commerce and aiding and abetting, forfeiture allegations

Farley Pugh (Office Manager)

  1. Conspiracy to defraud the United States

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