Greene County News Report
XENIA — A local doctor accused of running a pill mill in Bellbrook pleaded not guilty to 44 charges related to the operation Friday in Greene County Common Pleas Court. Dr. John Moore, 60, of Beavercreek, was released on his own recognizance, was ordered to surrender his passport and was subject to GPS monitoring, according to court records.
A pre-trial hearing in the case is set for Sept. 29. A tentative trial date is set for Feb. 1, 2016.
According to an indictment of charges against him, the purpose of the enterprise was to make as much money as possible for Moore as possible via “improper prescribing, commonly known as drug trafficking and other illicit acts such as defrauding workers compensation, defrauding Medicaid, and conspiring to do so.”
Felony charges against Moore include an engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity charge, conspiracy charges, a Medicaid fraud charge, theft charges, drug trafficking charges, a forgery charge, a permitting drug abuse charge, among others. In the indictment, the grand jury also included a major drug offender specification for Moore.
Drugs alleged to have been prescribed in the operation include Hydrocodone, OxyContin, Suboxone, Morphine, Percocet and others.
As part of the investigation, agencies seized approximately $100,000 from Moore’s office as “proceeds of the criminal enterprise” in 2014.
The indictment also notes that Moore is a prior convicted felon: “Moore’s prior felony conviction came about because of his participation in an illegal scheme to defraud health care programs. He was sentenced on Oct. 7, 2002.”
It also notes that the Ohio State Medical Board voted to permanently revoke Moore’s medical license, but stayed that decision and instead imposed a suspension. Moore’s license to practice was later reinstated, and he was released from medical board probation in 2012.
Greene County News Report compiled by Nathan Pilling.