Physician who practiced in Grass Valley sentenced to over four years
February 22, 2018
A formerly licensed physician, Nicholas J. Capos Jr., 67, of Yuba City, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. to four years and four months in prison for selling prescriptions of controlled substances such as oxycodone and methadone, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.
"By prescribing medications to patients he never physically examined in amounts clearly intended for abuse and resale, Capos injected potent and potentially lethal drugs into the community, putting lives at risk," said Scott.
According to court documents, between April 3, 2008, and Oct. 30, 2012, Capos, who was then a licensed physician with a specialty in cardiology, knowingly and intentionally prescribed controlled substances without properly examining the patients and ignoring obvious signs that the patients were abusing or reselling the medications.
He prescribed quantities far in excess of human tolerance and charged patients a "DEA Fee" of $100 per prescription, which is contrary to accepted medical practice. He is no longer licensed to practice medicine.
On May 5, 2016, Capos pleaded guilty to distribution and dispensation of oxycodone.
"The public should have confidence that practicing physicians will adhere to the do‑no‑harm principle," said DEA Special Agent in Charge John J. Martin. "Nicholas Capos did just the opposite when he prescribed oxycodone without legitimate medical purpose and outside the usual course of practice. This type of reckless behavior provides fuel to the fire of the opioid epidemic plaguing our nation."
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This case was the product of an investigation by the DEA, the California Medical Board, the California Department of Consumer Affairs Health Quality Investigation Unit, and the California Attorney General's Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse. Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Hemesath prosecuted the case.
Source: Department of Justice
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