Manager/Owner of Pain Clinic Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison

DENVER — Keith A. Schwartz, age 47, of Silverthorne, Colorado, was sentenced last week by Senior U.S. District Court Judge John L. Kane to serve 180 months (15 years) in federal prison for conspiracy, distribution of a controlled substance and money laundering, United States Attorney John Walsh announced…

According to the indictment and evidence presented at trial, Schwartz, in conjunction with co-conspirators, all of but one of whom have previously pled guilty, knowingly conspired and agreed to dispense and distribute, or facilitate the dispensing and distribution of controlled substances, to patients at times and in circumstances outside the usual course of professional medical practice. He then laundered the proceeds from the patients through bank accounts in his wife’s name. The patients didn’t have a sufficient medical necessity for the prescription of the controlled substances. The primary prescription drug involved in the case was Oxycodone, with over one half million dosage units prescribed in an 18 month period.

Specifically, Schwartz, using an alias, approached a pain doctor named Kevin Clemmer in May of 2011, who at the time was housed in the Federal Detention Center in Englewood, Colorado after his indictment for the unlawful prescription of controlled substances. Schwartz offered to purchase the list of Clemmer’s patient lists, most of whom received substantially more narcotic or other controlled substance medication than was medically necessary…

The relationship among the co-conspirators began in the summer of 2009, when Schwartz recruited Dr. Ferrara to write medical marijuana recommendations to support Schwartz’s marijuana growing in his house. During 2009 and 2010, the medical marijuana business expanded to include travel throughout the state of Colorado, where Dr. Ferrara wrote medical marijuana recommendations. In May of 2011, the conspiracy shifted its primary focus to distribution of prescription controlled substances while also maintaining the medical marijuana recommendation business…

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