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Southern District of West Virginia
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November 24, 2015

Pain Doctor Indicted on Federal Drug Charges

BECKLEY, WV—United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today that Dr. Jose Jorge Abbud Gordinho, M.D., was indicted on multiple federal drug charges by a Grand Jury sitting in Beckley, West Virginia. Gordinho was arrested on November 12, 2015, at which time the West Virginia State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation executed a search warrant at his medical office on George Street in Beckley. Gordinho has been held in custody in the Southern Regional Jail since the date of his arrest.

The 21 count indictment includes allegations that Gordinho conspired to distribute pain medications such as oxycodone and morphine, not for legitimate medical purposes in the usual course of medical practice and beyond the bounds of medical practice. The indictment further alleges multiple counts of distribution of oxycodone, oxymorphone, hydrocodone, and morphine not for legitimate medical purposes in the usual course of medical practice and beyond the bounds of medical practice, as well as two counts of distributing controlled substances not within Gordinho’s capacity as a medical doctor.

Each of the 21 counts carries a maximum sentence of up to 20 years in federal prison and a $1 million fine. Gordinho is scheduled to be arraigned on the indictment on November 30, 2015, in federal court in Beckley. At that time, the court will also consider a motion filed by the United States to detain Gordinho pending his trial.

The charges are merely accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The case against Gordinho was investigated by the West Virginia State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

This case is being prosecuted as part of an ongoing effort led by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia to combat the illicit sale and misuse of prescription drugs and heroin. The U.S. Attorney’s Office, joined by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, is committed to aggressively pursuing and shutting down illegal pill trafficking, eliminating open air drug markets, and curtailing the spread of opiate painkillers and heroin in communities across the Southern District.

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