U.S. Attorney Nicholas Trutanich and FBI Special Agent in Charge Aaron Rouse for the Las Vegas Division released the details.
Eric Math, M.D., 50, of Reno; Myron Motley, 55, of Richmond, California; Michael Kwoka, 56, of Fair Oaks, California; Michael Slater, 42, of Reno; Joseph Jeannette, 51, of Reno; Ivy Elliott, 35, of Reno; and Alesia Sampson, 56, of Grass Valley, California, are all charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute Oxycodone.
Motley and Elliott are also charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute methamphetamine. Motley is also charged with four counts of distribution of Oxycodone and one count of distribution of Hydrocodone.
Math and Slater are also each charged with one count of distribution of Oxycodone and one count of distribution of Hydrocodone, and Kwoka and Elliot are also charged with one count of distribution of Oxycodone. In a separate indictment, Motley and Randy Raihall, 58, of Reno, are each charged with one count of distribution of Oxycodone.
The indictment alleges that the suspects conspired to distribute the drugs between January 2018 and May of 2019. Dr. Math is also accused of issuing prescriptions for the drugs without a medical purpose.
A Reno doctor and seven others were arrested and indicted by a federal grand jury this week for allegedly conspiring to traffic oxycodone and hydrocodone, two highly addictive opioids fueling the U.S. prescription drug addiction epidemic.
Dr. Eric Math, 50, was arrested and indicted alongside Michael Slater, 42; Joseph Jeannette, 51; and Ivy Elliott, 35, all of Reno, according to the U.S. Attorneys Office in Nevada.
Math is an internist who was associated with Renown Regional Medical Center, according to U.S. News & World Reports listing of doctors. A spokesperson for Renown said Math is not currently employed at the hospital but would not comment further.
Also arrested were Myron Motley, 55, of Richmond, California; Michael Kwoka, 56, of Fair Oaks, California; and Alesia Sampson, 56, or Grass Valley, California.
According to the indictment, the eight allegedly conspired to possess and distribute oxycodone and hydrocodone from Jan. 2018 to May 2019. In that time, Math allegedly issued several prescriptions for the two schedule II controlled substances without a medical purpose.
The mandatory minimum is 10 years in prison and the maximum penalty is 20 years in prison and a $10 million fine.
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