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Utah doctor charged with illegally prescribing opioids and controlled substances

Utah doctor charged with illegally prescribing opioids and controlled substances
Utah doctor charged with illegally prescribing opioids and controlled substances

SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah doctor was banned from prescribing opioids and other controlled substances and ordered to pay $65,000 after being charged with illegally dispensing prescriptions to clients.

In a complaint filed in August, the government alleged that Dr. Sean Ponce illegally prescribed controlled substances in violation of the Controlled Substances Act.

Specifically, the complaint accused Ponce of responding to customer requests for controlled substances, using text messaging and cash transactions to arrange exchanges between him and customers.

Ponce used her virtual office space in Cottonwood Heights to meet with clients as a front to exchange cash for prescriptions, according to the complaint.

These “meetings” lacked legitimate reviews, medical findings supporting the proper use of prescriptions, and genuine doctor-patient relationships, officials explained in the original complaint.

A civil consent order issued by a federal judge ordered Ponce to pay $65,000 in civil penalties and permanently barred him from “administering, distributing or dispensing controlled substances and managing or supervising any other medical providers who work with or prescribe opioids or controlled substances,” officials explained.

Additionally, Ponce is not permitted to own a business or medical practice that handles opioids or controlled substances, the consent order states.

Ponce’s attorney said in an email to FOX 13 News that his client “consented to the entry of the order without admission or finding of fact, law, liability or wrongdoing and solely to avoid delay, uncertainty, inconvenience and costs of prolonged litigation. »

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