El Paso doctor to be sentenced for "pill mill" conviction
Dr. Fernando Gonzalez Ramos faces six years
An El Paso doctor will be sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to federal drug charges.
Dr. Fernando Gonzalez-Ramos faces as much as 5 years, 11 months in federal prison for running a so-called "pill mill" at a clinic in West Virginia.
The FBI reports that Gonzalez-Ramos traveled back and forth from El Paso to West Virginia, where he would write prescriptions for powerful painkillers for non-medical purposes.
The clinic in West Virginia didn't serve any legitimate medical purpose, said U. S. Attorney Booth Goodwin. "His so-called office had no exam table, no running water and not even so much as a stethoscope," Goodwin said. "For thousands of dollars in cash he was pumping out prescriptions for thousands of units of powerful narcotics."
Gonzalez-Ramos also worked at William Beaumont Army Medical Center, in El Paso. He was not charged with any wrongdoing in connection with that job.
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