LaGrange doctor charged with operating Phenix city “pill mill”, money laundering


MONTGOMERY, Ala — Alabama law enforcement says a Georgia doctor was arrested and indicted Thursday on charges of money laundering and using his Phenix City family medical office to operate an illegal “pill mill”.

The Middle District of Alabama’s charges describe a “pill mill” as a medical clinic created to give out prescription medications illegally and/or for non-medical reasons.

The federal grand jury’s indictment says 53-year-old Dr. Robert M. Ritchea of LaGrange, Georgia allegedly wrote prescriptions for drugs like hydrocodone and methadone and gave them to patients knowing they had no legitimate reason to use them.

The indictment also says Dr. Ritchea used the money from his “pill mill” to buy medications directly from the manufacturer, fill the illegal prescriptions he wrote his patients and therefore avoid using a pharmacy.

If convicted, Dr. Ritchea could face a maximum 20 year sentence on each count.

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