D.C. Nurse Practitioner Guilty Of Money Laundering, Illegally Distributing Opioids

A jury found a licensed nurse practitioner based in Southeast Washington guilty of 42 federal charges in the courtroom of the Honorable Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on August 10.

Forty-six-year-old Ivan Lamont Robinson of Washington D.C. was found guilty of two counts of money laundering, distributing oxycodone outside the scope of professional practice and distributing without legal medical purpose, according to court records. After the verdict was rendered, Robinson was placed in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

From 2011 until 2013, Robinson conducted a pain management practice in the 2000 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. Several pharmacists filed complaints against Robinson, saying he was operating a “pill mill” instead of a legitimate pain management practice, according evidence presented at the trial.

Judge And Jury

Under a District of Columbia law, nurse practitioners are permitted to prescribe oxycodone. In exchange for a prescription, customers would give Robinson a $370 blank money order. The prescriptions were written for 60 tablets of 30 milligrams of oxycodone. On June 19, 2013, various search warrants were executed on the property. Robinson met with DEA and relinquished his professional license.

A medical expert testified at the trial, saying Robinson “provided no real medical treatment and there was not medical basis to prescribe oxycodone.” Over a four-month period in 2013, Robinson deposited more than $100,000 into an account, all of which were in the form of money orders. He bought a Volvo vehicle and withdrew $108,000, which the jury ordered forfeited after the guilty verdicts were returned.

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