February 9, 2012
Man uses $$ from sale of steroids to start a $40 million pill mill
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.
Â George, his wife, mother, and twin brother all pleaded guilty last year to charges related to pain clinics operated all over South Florida; theÂ Palm Beach PostÂ reported the clinics could pull in $50,000 in a single day and were connected toÂ 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 anabolicÂ 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.