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former owner of a pain management clinic sentenced to more than 16 years for illegal distribution of opioids | Takeover bid

A Florida man was sentenced today in the Southern District of Florida to 200 months in prison for illegally dispensing opioids at his pain management clinic in Miami, Florida.

According to court documents, Habib Geagea Palacios, 40, of Miami, owned General Care Center Inc., a cash-only pain management clinic in Miami. At General Care, Palacios paid doctors to prescribe opioids to nearly every patient who visited the clinic, resulting in the illegal distribution of more than three million oxycodone tablets and generating 9 million dollars in cash. Seven doctors who worked at General Care have been charged for their illegal prescribing practices at the clinic, and six have pleaded guilty to date.

Palacios pleaded guilty on November 9, 2021 to one count of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and one count of distributing a controlled substance. In addition to the prison sentence, Palacios was sentenced to three years of probation.

Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite, Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; US Attorney Juan Antonio Gonzalez of the Southern District of Florida; Special Agent in Charge Omar Pérez Aybar of the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General (HHS-OIG), Miami Regional Office; Deputy Director Luis Quesada of the FBI’s Criminal Investigations Division; Special Agent in Charge George L. Piro of the FBI Field Office in Miami; Acting Special Agent in Charge La Verne J. Hibbert of the DEA Miami Field Office; and Special Agent in Charge Brian Swain of the United States Secret Service (USSS), Miami Field Office, made the announcement.

The HHS-OIG, FBI, DEA, and USSS are investigating the case.

Attorney Alexander Thor Pogozelski of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin J. Larsen for the Southern District of Florida are prosecuting the case.