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September 30, 2016: Pill Mill Doctor Sentenced to Five Years

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A Rancho Palos Verdes physician convicted of illegally prescribing drugs to undercover operatives was sentenced today to three years in county jail followed by two years of mandatory supervision, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Dr. Richard Seongjun Kim, 44, was convicted on Sept. 20 of 17 felony counts of of unlawfully prescribing controlled substances without a legitimate medical need to undercover operatives working with the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Deputy District Attorney Emily Street of the Major Narcotics Division, who prosecuted the case, said Kim would ask the operatives to bring in prior medical charts and X-rays to justify the prescribing. On one occasion, an operative brought in a chest X-ray of a dog that was used to justify his prescriptions, prosecutors said.

Over the course of three months in 2014, the general practitioner wrote prescriptions for Norco, Xanax, Soma and Adderall without ever conducting a physical exam, taking any vital signs or completing any medical charts at his clinic on Western Avenue in Rancho Palos Verdes, prosecutors said.

Case BA437315 was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration.