FULTON COUNTY, Ga. - A recently unsealed warrant reveals an Alpharetta pain clinic attracted patients nationwide, in a scheme that involved writing hundreds of illegal prescriptions.
Dr. Oscar Stokes was arrested after investigators raided Innovative Pain Management last Thursday.
Documents revealed Stokes brought in more than $1 million by signing prescriptions at the Upper Hembree Road clinic, according to government witnesses.
One security officer said that he saw the same people leave the pain clinic every day with four or five prescriptions in their hands.
He said people would sell the pills for up to $200 each.
The indictment alleged Stokes would sometimes sign blank prescriptions. At times, Stokes would write up to 72 prescriptions a day, charge $500 a visit and rake in $1 million a month, according to one government witness.
Dr. Oscar Stokes entered a not guilty plea. His attorney said he wasn’t aware of anything illegal going on at the clinic.
“If his practice doesn’t fit into the mold that these government want it to fit into, that doesn’t mean he is guilty of a crime,” said Page Pate, Stokes’ defense attorney.
“I’ve worked a number of these cases and I’ve never seen a physician so well trained,” Pate said.
Pate explained that patients were prescribed medication within the parameters of the law.
Security guards said the parking lot of the clinic was still full Wednesday morning, despite the clinic being closed.
The U.S. Attorney office has declines comment on the case.