Crime

Judge imposes 20-year prison sentence on doctor who gave Kentucky patients pills

A Florida doctor convicted of helping funnel hundreds of thousands of pills into northeast Kentucky and nearby areas was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison, according to U.S. Attorney Kerry B. Harvey's office.

A judge also ordered Clara S. Rodriguez-Iznaga to pay $400,000.

Rodriguez-Iznaga worked in 2008 and 2009 at a South Florida pain clinic called Florida Global Medical, where hundreds of people from Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia paid cash to get prescriptions, according to court records.

Authorities said the clinic was an example of the once-notorious interstate pill pipeline in which people from Appalachia visited unscrupulous clinics in Florida to get pills, typically without undergoing real examinations.

Florida lawmakers later approved tougher rules for clinics.

The owner of the clinic, Jody Robinson, had been in the auto-body repair business in southern Ohio before seeing an opportunity to generate big cash with a Florida pain clinic, according to court records.

Robinson pleaded guilty. U.S. District Judge David L. Bunning sentenced him Friday to 4 years in prison.

Robinson also forfeited $400,000, according to a court record.

William James Muldoon, a Florida man Robinson hired to develop software, pleaded guilty and was placed on probation for five years.

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