A doctor in Arlington is facing charges in connection to a major drug bust that involved more than 11,000 prescription pills worth more than $700,000. News4’s Darcy Spencer reports.
Saturday, Aug 30, 2014 • Updated at 2:44 AM EDT
A 45-year-old Arlington doctor is accused of running an Oxycodone ring by writing, filling and selling fraudulent prescriptions in Virginia and beyond.
According to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Virginia, Dr. Derron McRae Simon of Midlothian and five other individuals are accused of conspiracy to distribute and dispense controlled substances, and possessing with intent to distribute.
Simon is also facing three counts of distributing a controlled substance to persons under 21 and aggravated identity theft.
Simon, who was the primary or only doctor at WithinMe MD in Arlington, would write hundreds of fradulent prescriptions of Oxycodone and other drugs, allegedly aware the drugs would be misused, distributed or re-sold.
According to documents, Simon would ask his assistant, 23-year-old Ereida Escobar to create fake patient history forms and medical records to make it seem as though the prescriptions were legitimate.
Simon and his co-defendants, including Escobar, are accused of distributing more than 11,000 Oxycodone pills valued at approximately $735,000. Documents say Simon and Escobar would receive between $500 and $1,000 for each fake prescription.
If convicted, Simon could spend up to 20 years in prison with a $1 million fine.