Photo by Amanda Mills/CDC.
Photo by Amanda Mills/CDC.

Arraignment was postponed Thursday until Oct. 27 for a Los Angeles doctor charged with more than 30 felony counts for allegedly participating in a widespread oxycodone prescription ring.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Renee Korn set bail at $75,000 for Dr. Clyde Arnold, 81, jailed since his arrest Wednesday by Los Angeles police.

The judge also ordered the longtime physician not to write any prescriptions.

He is charged with 27 counts of prescribing without a legitimate need and four counts of conspiracy, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Deputy District Attorney John Niedermann told the judge the charges involve a “pretty elaborate prescription drug ring” in which an “enormous” amount of oxycodone prescriptions were written.

The doctor’s attorney, Jeffrey Rutherford, countered that his client had been a physician since 1966 and had no prior arrests.

The judge noted Arnold’s clean record, but cited the seriousness of the charges in denying the defense’s request for Arnold’s release on his own recognizance.

The criminal complaint alleges that individuals who went to Arnold’s clinic, at 3756 Santa Rosalia Drive, received multiple prescriptions for the maximum amount of oxycodone permitted by prescription, along with anti-anxiety medication, muscle relaxants and prescription cough syrup.

The individuals would have the prescriptions filled at local pharmacies and then resell the pills on the street between December 2012 and January 2013, prosecutors said.

Arnold could face up to 22 years behind bars if convicted of all of the charges against him, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Also charged are:

  • Margarita Ray, 71, of Los Angeles, who is charged with nine felony counts, including possession for sale of a controlled substance and conspiracy.
  • Fredrick Hagen, 62, of Los Angeles, who is charged with six felony counts, including possession for sale of a controlled substance and conspiracy.
  • Clintessa Williams, 25, of Lakewood, who is charged with six felony counts, including possession for sale of a controlled substance and identity theft.

Two others also are charged, but have not yet been arrested, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

City News Service

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