Pinellas Sheriff Charges Suspended Doctor
He was charged with drug-related offenses, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
PINELLAS COUNTY – A Clearwater man was charged Friday (Nov. 11) with obtaining prescription drugs by fraud and prescribing controlled substances to patients after his medical license was
suspended, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said.
Alfred Chapman, 56, of 2583 Deer Run E in Clearwater, was charged with one count of practicing medicine without a license, one count of trafficking in oxycodone and four counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, deputies said.
Chapman was a certified physician specializing in osteopathic medicine in Clearwater whose license to practice medicine expired in March, deputies said. The Board of Osteopathic Medicine in May refused to renew his license and, in June, the Department of Health issued an emergency order suspending Chapman’s medical license for non-payment of school loans.
Deputies said they received information in June from the Florida Department of Health alleging that Chapman prescribed controlled substances to patients after his medical license had expired.
In October, deputies received additional information alleging that Chapman forged prescriptions belonging to another doctor and filled the prescriptions at a Clearwater pharmacy.
After an investigation, deputies said they confirmed that Chapman had filled more than 50 fraudulent prescriptions for five different patients from June to October. This was during the time-frame Chapman was suspended from practicing medicine. Deputies said they determined that of the five patients listed on the fraudulent prescriptions: one was deceased, one lived outside the county, one moved out of the country, one was unable to be identified, and the fifth was possibly an acquaintance of Chapman.
Deputies estimated that Chapman received more than 6,000 tablets of Oxycodone, 600 tablets of Adderall, 360 tablets of Xanax and 1.65 ml of Methadone through fraudulent means.
Clearwater police officers located and arrested Chapman at about 11 a.m. Friday.
For information about the Pinellas sheriff, go to pcsoweb.com.
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