Chris and Jeff George, Infamous Pill-Slinging Bros, Got Their Start From "Candy Man"

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Jeff and Chris George

In 2007, twin brothers Chris and Jeff George, then 27, were looking for a way to get rich. Really rich. They found it under the tutelage of the "Candy Man," a physician who helped them start a $40 million pain-pill empire, according to an indictment against the brothers and 31 others filed Tuesday.

The Sun-Sentinel's Bob LaMendola traces the history of the empire to this auspicious start -- at which point the boys were already on their way in criminal careers. The sons of real estate developer John Paul George (no sign of Ringo), they already had several drug-trafficking charges against them when they started opening pill mills.

They pioneered some techniques that would become hallmarks of Florida's recent pill-mill boom: accepting only cash to avoid insurance-related regulation, hiring doctors who had little clue or interest what was going on, as long as they got a fat paycheck (one doctor they hired hardly spoke English), hiring managers who oversaw a system of bribes to get the most desperate addicts in the door quickly, and showing callous disregard for the lives (or deaths) of their "patients."

From the article:

The doctors spent no more than a few minutes with each customer before writing prescriptions, the indictment said. The brothers gave them stamp pads so they could easily mark each script with identical dosages. They had staffers forge prescriptions so customers could get falsified MRIs to document their injuries.

To control the operation from top to bottom, officials said, the Georges set up one of their steroid telemarketers in a mobile MRI business that operated behind a strip club. It made $2 million.

In recorded phone conversations, the brothers complained about patients who had been dumb enough to die or be injured after coming to a clinic. "You got to be an idiot to get hit by a train," Chris George told one of his clinic managers, after some customers from Tennessee were hit by a train, scattering oxycodone pills all over the accident scene, leaving a virtual trail back to the Georges' ill-gotten empire.

Mom was also complicit in the operation, keeping about $4.5 million in cash in the attic of her home in Wellington.

Chris George was already in jail since November on federal gun-possession charges. Everyone arrested is pleading not guilty.
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12 comments
Friendsofjeffandchris
Friendsofjeffandchris

Screw you guys they are good people its not there fault like Jeff said "I've owned my lambo for 4 years now and if i crashed it why would i blame the company" Back off there go to me and my family

Rpmreal
Rpmreal

Hope ya´ll get out soon. Fuck what these fucks say...

Rpmreal
Rpmreal

I guarantee anyone who died or had adverse reactions was a needle head. Blame the Dr.s, not the owners. I had an oxy prob too, but with NO help, I stopped. Im tired of the poor me bullshit!People need to take responsibility for their own stupid mistakes! Quit blaming the rest of the world! Quit shootin´up idiots!

Rpmreal
Rpmreal

Damn dudes, seems like yesterday we used to chase ya´ll off of Corey´s property... Good luck guys. Over perscribing or not, its not your fault people shoot em up or snort em. People are just fucking stupid. Rich Matthew

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The producers of these drugs were the biggest winners while this operation was going on. They don't mind because the junkies will just go somewhere else to get their pills. Many users move to opiates, such as heroin, when they can't find pain pills. Heroin is readily available on the streets thanks to the US allowing Afghanistan to continue production. I'm sure the governement got their share of money from all these illegal operations

Joe King
Joe King

Of course the pharmaceuticals that produce thisunacceptable volume of these drugs, and the legislators to whom they funnelmoney to turn a blind eye to the massive production of this poison, are immunelegally and morally.

IrvingFeiner
IrvingFeiner

Ringo is probably his confirmation name.

Guest
Guest

Hope these two get ass raped daily wherever they end up!

I hate doctor drug pushers
I hate doctor drug pushers

The Candyman is Dr. William Overstreet. He operated in Hallandale. He died in 2009. It's a good thing or else he would be in jail also.

Lifelong Dem
Lifelong Dem

When Republican politicians say that America has the greatest health care system in the world, is this what they are referring to or the companies that sell $25,000 wheelchairs to Medicare patients?

Chaeljames
Chaeljames

They got what they desrve for a purpose

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