Chester County doctor pleads guilty to operating pill factory outside of Main Line Pain Clinic | USAO-EDPA
PHILADELPHIA — United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that Yutong Zhang, 63, of Berwyn, PA, a physician, pleaded guilty before US District Court Judge Michael M. Baylson to charges related to his Surgery, which was essentially a ‘pill mill’ rather than a pain management doctor’s office in St. Davids, PA.
According to court documents, the defendant pleaded guilty to four counts of distributing oxycodone-containing drugs outside of the usual professional practice and without a legitimate medical purpose. From around 2016 to 2020, Zhang sold medically unnecessary prescriptions for oxycodone and other controlled substances to about 120 so-called patients, who were actually cash-paying customers. The defendant often wrote these prescriptions after a cursory physical examination or without any examination at all and did not take steps, such as ordering diagnostic tests, to identify the root cause of the pain allegedly being experienced by the patients.
“The US Attorney’s Office is committed to stopping drug trafficking doctors like Zhang,” said US Attorney Williams. “As a doctor, he was well aware of the inherently dangerous nature of the drugs he sold. But because of his greed, he took advantage of vulnerable people struggling with addiction and fueled the enormous opioid epidemic that is ravaging communities in our district.”
“Medical professionals are trusted to take care of our healthcare needs,” said Special Agent in Charge Jacqueline Maguire. “When they abuse their position and betray their license to line their own pockets, they not only corrupt the system, they contribute to the very epidemic we are trying so hard to fight. This defendant’s actions resembled those of a drug dealer; The only difference is he sold his poison from an office instead of a street corner.”
“DR. Zhang has abused his position of trust and authority to run a pill mill and illegally prescribe the drugs that are fueling the opioid crisis here in Pennsylvania,” AG Shapiro said. “We are grateful to our partners on this case and will continue to work together, to stop the flow of illegal drugs into our communities that are killing 14 Pennsylvanians every day.”
The case has been investigated by the Radnor Police Department, the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant US Attorney Elizabeth Abrams.