Grant County Doctor Guilty on Oxycodone Charges
A Grant County doctor was convicted Tuesday on 173 drug trafficking offenses.
Sundiata El-Amin, 69, was found guilty by a jury in the U.S. District Court in Covington. The charges stem from a raid of his Dry Ridge clinic. El-Amin was indicted in December 2015.
The conviction follows six days of trial and four hours of jury deliberations. El-Amin was convicted of conspiracy to illegally distribute controlled substances, maintaining a premises for the illegal distribution of controlled substances, and 171 individual counts of illegally distributing controlled substances.
According to the evidence at trial, E;_Amin conspired with his office manager to unlawfully dispense more than 300,000 oxycodone tablets, outside the scope of professional practice and without a legitimate medical purpose, over a period of approximately one year. Prosecutors argued that he repeatedly issued improper prescriptions for high doses of oxycodone and regularly issued these prescriptions without examining patients.
The office manager, Wendy Price, entered a guilty plea in February to conspiring with El-Amin to commit these offenses.
“This is another example of a medical professional being found guilty of choosing profit over medical judgment and callously fueling the opioid epidemic,” said Robert M. Duncan, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky. “This despicable conduct represents an egregious breach of trust and does enormous damage, both to individuals struggling with addiction and to our communities. We will continue to make prosecuting this type of conduct a core priority and we want to thank our law enforcement partners for their excellent work in the investigation of this case.”
The investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration.
El-Amin will appear for sentencing on July 26. He faces a maximum of 20 years in prison for each offense.