September 6, 2009

Oakland County doctor pleads to guilty conspiracy to posses with intent to distribute
United States Attorney Terrence Berg, joined by Robert Corso, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration and Andrew G. Arena, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation Detroit Field Office, announced that a Farmington osteopathic physician pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

Sohrab Shafinia, D.O., 48, entered the guilty plea in United States District Court, Detroit, before the Honorable Julian Abele Cook, Jr. Shafinia admitted that, between October of 2005 and May of 2007, he wrote prescriptions for over 18,000 dosage units of Oxycontin™ and its generic equivalent oxycodone HCL, in exchange for cash payment.

Berg said, “The type of criminal violations committed by Shafinia, a licensed doctor, constitute a total abuse of trust by the physician that endangers the safety of their patients. Doctors who risk the safety of the public for personal gain can expect to face charges and as well as prison.”
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