Inside Christopher George's $40 Million Pill Mill: 18 Million Pills and a Bikini Model

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George modeling the latest in prison V-neck fashion.
​Pill-mill kingpin Christopher George was sentenced to more than 17 years in prison last Friday for his role in founding one of the largest pill mills in American history.

George, his wife, mother, and twin brother all pleaded guilty last year to charges related to pain clinics operated all over South Florida; the Palm Beach Post reported the clinics could pull in $50,000 in a single day and were connected to at least 56 overdose deaths.

The trouble, prosecutors said, started in 2007, when Jeffrey George was introduced to a pill-mill physician who told George there was money to be made. About a year later, George and twin brother Christopher opened South Florida Pain, with that same physician on the payroll.

When Christopher George "seized" control, according to court documents, Jeffrey George splintered off to open his own clinic in Palm Beach County with proceeds from an anabolic
steroid operation he ran with friends he met at the gym.

With Christopher at the helm, the patients began rolling in at South Florida Pain, with as many as nine out of ten coming from out of state, some from as far away as Ohio. He closed up shop a short time later, but he was far from done: He opened American Pain in both Broward and Palm Beach counties, plus two pharmacies, Boca Drugs and Quick Pharm, all registered in the names of cooperating friends because of George's previous conviction for steroid distribution.

The vertical integration worked wonders: In 2010, George moved American Pain into a 20,000-square-foot compound in Lake Worth that employed five physicians who were paid per patient to encourage them to keep the customers moving. American Pain saw more than 500 customers a day -- if they didn't arrive with an MRI report, patients would be sent to "a mobile MRI facility located in the parking lot of an adult entertainment business and elsewhere."

Customers also had to submit a urine test -- many of them smuggled clean urine into the clinic bathrooms; their discarded containers were swept up once a day. Once documentation was in order and the clinic staff had been bribed, the doctors would most frequently prescribe a monthly ration of 180 to 240 30-mg oxycodone pills.

By the time the operation fell apart in March 2010, George's physicians had prescribed 18 million oxycodone pills.

Although many of those pills were filled by outside pharmacies, American Pain's doctors themselves ordered 6.2 million pills, dispensed by a staff that, rather than being composed only of properly trained technicians, included "an individual who was otherwise employed as a bikini model."

In total, 32 people were charged in the massive investigation; 28 have so far pleaded guilty. George's brother Jeffrey was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison last month.


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Drobi48379
Drobi48379

What federal prison are they going to? I want to write these guys. There my idol! Drobi48379@aol.com

NativeSonFL
NativeSonFL

Hey NewTimes & The Pulp, somehow I never hear you guys mention that most of the pill mills' customers found out where to get the best deals by reading your newspaper.

Until very recently, the entire back section--pages and pages--of your paper was dedicated to running hundreds of ads for companies just like this, all competing for pill abusers' business by offering "free first visit" or "short wait times" and other, obvious references to the morally corrupt and quasi-legal practices of these companies.

I've noticed that now that the pill mills are gone, your specialty seems to be ads for prostitutes (complete with prices!) and, increasingly, "oriental massage parlors" which are springing up like mushrooms all over my home town.

What a bunch of hypocrites you are. 

Save your moralizing nonsense and instead why don't you try to find a reporter half as effective as Bob Norman to take the helm of this blog again. He was the only decent reporter on your staff, and you've now clearly lost the plot.

Doctors
Doctors

What about the doctors who write the prescriptions.  It cannot happen without some cooperation from a "nice" doctor.

B_tan
B_tan

How about they each get 5 years for each overdose they contributed towards

Dennis
Dennis

 chris and jeff deserve to go to prison for a lot longer than what they got.  There is about $50M unaccounted for.  Regarding the bikini models.  Both the boys married one.  I think they got their wives from a modeling agency called "Explore Talent" unless I'm mistaken.

Obermann
Obermann

Good work.  Are they going to state or federal prison?

AgreewithNativeSonFL
AgreewithNativeSonFL

 haha...You said it NativeSonFL.  The NewTimes was THE roadmap for pill mills.  Now that they are gone, its massage parlors and Detox centers that pay for the newspaper.  Take those away and the New Times would never has the $ to stay in print. 

Dennis
Dennis

 Federal.  But the Federal BOP website shows that they released chris already.  Wow that 17 years went by pretty fast.

Rich Abdill
Rich Abdill

You're right about him being listed as "released," but it looks like the date listed is before he was sentenced. In all likelihood he's sitting somewhere waiting to be processed into the federal system; I'll keep an eye out for where Chris actually ends up.

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