A Santa Ana-based psychiatrist is expected to plead guilty next week to participating in a scheme to disseminate prescriptions for opioids and other drugs for non-medical reasons.
Dr. Robert Tinoco Perez of Westminster, 56, signed a plea agreement with federal prosecutors Jan. 28. He is scheduled to enter a guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances Monday afternoon in a federal courtroom in Santa Ana.
From about 2017 through June 2018, Perez operated the scheme with co-defendant William Jason Plumley, 40, of Huntington Beach, who was sentenced in December to 70 months in prison, and others.
Perez issued prescriptions for oxycodone, hydrocodone and amphetamine salts to Plumley and others for recreational purposes, according to his plea agreement.
Perez, for instance, issued a prescription to one man in December 2017 for 60 pills of 30 mg Adderall, “knowing that the drugs would not be used by” the bogus patient, who sold the prescription to Plumley, according to the plea agreement.
Another time that month, he issued a prescription to the same man for 90 pills of 30 mg Roxicodone, and the man sold it to Plumley for about $700, according to the plea agreement.
Plumley asked Perez to issue prescriptions to another person on Dec. 26, 2017, at the defendant’s clinic in Santa Ana, according to the plea deal. Perez told Plumley to fill out new patient paperwork, prompting Plumley to use a fake name. The doctor issued a prescription for 120 pills of 30 mg Roxicodone and another prescription for 60 pills of 30 mg Adderall in the fake patient’s name for $400, according to the plea agreement.
Perez issued similar types of prescriptions to bogus patients on numerous other occasions, prosecutors said.
Plumley admitted one federal count each of distribution of methamphetamine and conspiracy to distribute controlled substances on Oct. 9, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Rosalind Wang.
Plumley also admitted he sold 26.94 grams of methamphetamine on Jan. 16 of last year in a Super 8 Motel parking lot on Harbor Boulevard in Costa Mesa, according to his plea agreement.
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