OKLAHOMA CITY - The accused pill mill doctor and several of his former employees have been charged with multiple crimes.
Dr. Harvey Jenkins has just been charged with 29 total felonies and one misdemeanor:
- 14 counts of conspiracy to illegally possess/distribute/dispense/prescribe controlled dangerous substances within 2,000 feet of a public park
- Six counts of making or causing to be made false claims under the Oklahoma Medicaid program
- Five counts of conspiracy to fraudulently obtain the personal identity of another person
- One count of conspiracy to practice medicine without a license
- Four counts of illegally practicing medicine without a license
Former Aria Orthopedics employees Tashonda Dixon, Julie Brown, Michael Oxley, Taylor Zamarripa and Elsie Murguia are also charged with many of the same crimes.
In January 2015, agents stormed the metro clinic of Jenkins, accusing him of running a pill mill operation.
He has since been stripped of his license.
The Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt released the following statement regarding Jenkins' charges:
“As Oklahomans know too well, when opioids are not properly prescribed, they can be dangerous and often result in perilous circumstances for individuals. Most pain management doctors adhere to strict standards when caring for their patients, but Jenkins prescribed pills with the sole purpose of making money and illegally allowed his associates to do so, as well. They not only disregarded the law but endangered the health and safety of Oklahomans in doing so. Their dangerous endeavors make them no better than drug dealers with prescription pads.
I’d like to thank the attorneys and investigators of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and many other cooperative partners and Oklahoma agencies for their diligent efforts to keep Oklahomans safe – going above and beyond the call of duty to investigate, charge and close this dangerous operation."
The Attorney General’s office began investigating Jenkins six years ago after the Oklahoma Health Care Authority alerted them to the high number of patients he was billing.
Prosecutors said 85-90 patients a day were seen at Jenkins’ office.
“To put that in context, most doctors are going to see 20 patients on a good day with a highly qualified staff. When we began looking into the qualifications of his staff, none of them have any medical license at all,” said Assistant Deputy Attorney General Abby Dillsaver.
Two staffers saw most of the patients and used pre-signed prescription pads with Jenkins’ signature to prescribe medicine, prosecutors said.
Jenkins and five employees are also accused of essentially stealing another doctor’s identity.
It happened after Jenkins had that doctor supervise his office while he was on medical leave.
“During that time period, without this doctor’s permission, they electronically saved her signature, and they began to use that in addition to Dr. Jenkins’ signature,” Dillsaver said.
Jenkins hired a reserve sheriff’s deputy to do security at the clinic.
However, according to court documents, Oxley did a lot more than that.
Prosecutors allege Oxley took prescriptions to Jenkins’ home for him to sign, even though Jenkins never saw the patients.
Oxley told investigators “it was normally 10 to 15 prescriptions that he would take to Jenkins” at a time.
Jenkins spoke exclusively with NewsChannel 4 last year after he was stripped of his license to prescribe medicine.
He said then he was confident nothing he did was illegal.
“They were not interested in finding out the truth. They were interested in presenting a narrative to the public that my practice was a pill mill, and they were the heroes that came in to save the state of Oklahoma from another pill mill doctor,” Jenkins said.
Jenkins has been arrested and is custody on $500,000 bond.
Oxley was arrested Thursday, as well.
He is in custody on a $135,000 bond.