Florida pill mill doc gets 18 years in prison

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A South Florida doctor has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for his role in a pill mill scheme, state authorities said.

Dr. Thomas Rodenberg was convicted of a list of drug charges, according to the Florida Attorney General's Office.

"I thank the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Broward Sheriff's Office for their outstanding collaboration in helping bring this dangerous drug dealer to justice," said Attorney General Pam Bondi. "Just this week, we announced a decline in the number of prescription drug related deaths, and the decline is in large part due to strong collaborations, such as this one."

A jury found Dr. Rodenberg guilty of 14 counts, including racketeering; trafficking in oxycodone; conspiracy to traffic in oxycodone; and delivery of oxycodone, hydrocodone, alprazolam and methadone. He was one of 11 defendants who were arrested in August of 2012, after an investigation of Pompano Beach Medical.

During the investigation, undercover agents visited the clinic posing as patients. More than once, officers were prescribed controlled substances despite the fact that there were no causes suggesting legitimate medical needs.

Law enforcement officers received a total of 55 prescriptions for controlled substances, which included nearly 3,000 doses of oxycodone, a narcotic pain medication.

This investigation was conducted by the DEA Miami Tactical Diversion Squad and BSO Deerfield Selective Enforcement Team.


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