Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced the arrest of two Flourtown-based doctors, Dr. Emmanuel Okolo and Dr. Mohanad Faullou, and two others, in a prescription drug distribution operation.
Authorities say the scheme yielded over $2 million worth of oxycodone.
"Stopping this group from peddling the prescriptions at the core of Pennsylvania's opioid epidemic means we won a battle," Attorney General Shapiro said
Authorities say Evelyn Tracey Smith used her tenants' Medicaid cards to get these drugs. They say she even threatened to evict them if they didn't comply.
Smith's cousin, Kent Hunter, was also charged.
According to Pennsylvania's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, Dr. Okolo wrote 586 Oxycodone prescriptions between January 2015 and September 2017 for 114 individuals who lived in three properties Smith owned in the 3500 block of North 18th Street in Philadelphia, including:
Dr. Fallouh wrote 423 Oxycodone prescriptions for 71 individuals who lived in the same 18th Street properties, including:
Authorities charged the doctors, Smith and Hunter with delivery of a controlled substance and Medicaid fraud conspiracy.
Shapiro says Hunter is being charged for his role as the mule in this operation.