Heavy Penalty Sought By Government Against Brainerd Doctor On Handling Of Drug Paperwork

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The federal government has filed a civil suit against a Chattanooga doctor who earlier was served a 105-count criminal indictment.

The complaint asks that Dr. Ishaan Al Amin of the O'Neil Medical Clinic in Brainerd pay up to $10,000 per violation of required government forms related to the ordering and dispensing of prescription medication.

The suit says, "The Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S.C. §§ 801-971, and regulations thereunder are intended to serve as a vehicle for reducing the misappropriation of controlled substances from licit channels and the intended recipients into the hands of those who will use the drug or other substance for abusive and/or illicit purposes. This phenomenon is more commonly known as 'drug diversion.' In order to deter drug diversion, the Act requires DEA registrants, like Dr. Al-Amin, to accurately prepare and maintain records which account for the DEA registrants’ receipt, storage, and distribution of controlled substances.

"These record-keeping requirements allow both the DEA registrant and the government to monitor the use of controlled substances and aid in detecting and impeding efforts to divert and misuse controlled substances.

"The administrative records obtained from the O’Neil Medical Clinic reveal that for the period of January 17, 2008, through the present date, Dr. Al-Amin completed 27 DEA-222s. 100% of these DEA-222s were not in compliance with 21 U.S.C. § 842(a)(5) and 21 C.F.R. § 1305.13(e), as set forth more specifically in this complaint. Administrative records for DEA registrant Dr. Al-Amin obtained from the O’Neil Medical Clinic for the period prior to January 17, 2008, contain properly completed DEA-222s."

The criminal trial of Al Amin has been pushed back to Dec. 3, 2013, before Judge Curtis Collier. 

It was charged that he has been illegally dispensing controlled substances. He is also charged with money laundering and possession of a weapon in furtherance of a federal offense. Authorities said he was found with two firearms.


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