Dentist and Two Others Sentenced for Oxycodone and Hydrocodone Distribution
|U.S. Attorney’s Office December 16, 2010|
A dentist, his dental assistant and another man were sent to prison after previously pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and hydrodone, Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, announced today.
Michael Wai Jing Kwong, 43, of Avon Lake, Ohio, was sentenced to three years in prison and ordered deported following his incarceration.
Jason M. Thompson, 28, of Parma Heights, Ohio, was sentenced to 18 months in prison.
Jakob B. Kelly, 25, of Parma Heights, Ohio, was sentenced to five months in prison followed by five months of home confinement.
Kwong practiced dentistry in the Akron and Cleveland areas, and was employed as a dentist for American Dental Centers from December 2006 through October 2009. He also worked at AICO Dental from November 2007 through September 2008, and at Hudec Dental Associates from November 2009 through this year.
Kelly worked as a dental assistant for Kwong at these locations and Thompson lived with Kelly.
At various points between 2008 and 2010, the three men worked together to distribute oxycodone (primarily in the form of Percocet or a generic form thereof) and hydrocodone (primarily in the form of Vicodin or a generic form thereof).
The pills were obtained when Kwong prescribed pills to patients outside the course of professional dental practice, sometimes without the patient's knowledge that a prescription had been written in their name. Other times he prescribed pills to patients he never saw or whose names he made up, according to his plea agreement.
He sometimes illegally distributed the prescriptions to people who made pre-arranged visits to his office after regular business hours. Other times, Kelly and Thompson illegally received the prescriptions for the purpose of reselling them, according to plea agreements.
Kwong illegally distributed a total of 4,820 tablets of oxycodone, primarily in the form of 10 milligram tablets, according to his plea agreement.
Percocet tablets generally sell "on the street" in Northeast Ohio for about $1 per milligram of oxycodone, according to court documents.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael L. Collyer and Henry F. DeBaggis following an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.