pleads not guilty in Internet pharmacy scheme
Thu , December07, 2006
DALLAS - A physician who allegedly did consultations
with patients buying drugs from an Internet pharmacy
pleaded not guilty Wednesday to federal drug and wire
fraud conspiracy charges.
Dr. William Frank McArthur III, who has a license to
practice in Mississippi and Georgia, faces one count
of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and
one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.
McArthur is scheduled to go on trial Jan. 8. If convicted
of both charges, he could face up to 25 years in prison
and a fine of $750,000.
Federal prosecutors said McArthur operated Managing
Associates, a service that contracted and employed physicians
to conduct or supervise consultations with customers
of an Internet pharmacy, and provided his services as
a physician for the company.
A federal grand jury alleged that from spring 2004 to
September 2005, McArthur conspired with others to distribute
controlled substances that weren't for legitimate medical
use. The drugs included the addictive painkiller hydrocodone
and appetite suppressant phentermine,
U.S. Attorney Richard B. Roper said in a news release.
Payments for the drug orders were deposited in accounts
in the name of Solandra Group, a Florida Internet facilitation
center operated by Sherman Ted Solomon, Roper said.
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