Tabor Metropolis, N.C. — A former physician was sentenced to greater than six years in jail for working a “capsule mill” in Columbus County.
75-year-old John Whan Kim and his co-defendant Tammy Thomas pled responsible Thursday to a number of federal drug trafficking fees.
Kim was additionally required to surrender all his medical licenses and is banned from ever training medication once more, in accordance with federal courtroom paperwork.
Kim was pressured to resign from a clinic in March of 2017 for issues over his prescribing practices round opioids. In October of that very same yr, he established his personal clinic in Tabor Metropolis. There, he prescribed managed substances to anybody who would pay him $200 money.
“The investigation revealed that Kim usually failed to fulfill the fundamental requirements of respectable medical care,” federal officers wrote in a press launch.
Phrase unfold of Kim’s “capsule mill,” and sufferers got here from throughout North Carolina and different states to get medication from Kim, in accordance with the U.S. Division of Justice.
“Kim wrote managed substance prescriptions to nearly each affected person he noticed, usually regardless of not having a affected person’s prior medical information, not conducting an actual bodily examination or contemplating different therapies, and sometimes regardless of having proof of affected person misuse and diversion.”
In 2018, a federal informant began buying medication from Kim and recording audio and video. Federal officers gathered sufficient proof to execute a search warrant at Kim’s clinic and investigators arrested Kim shortly after.
Kim handed out almost 2 million doses of addictive prescription drugs with out giving correct medical care, in accordance with Robert Murphy, particular agent in command of the Drug Enforcement Company’s Atlanta Discipline Division.