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The Florida Department of Law Enforcement Miami Regional Operations Center, the Office of Statewide Prosecution and the Hollywood Police Department announce the arrests of three more individuals linked to a yearlong statewide pill mill investigation.
Agents arrested the following individuals: Dr. John Wolf, 64, of Ft. Lauderdale, Ebony Pleasure, 29, of Opa Locka and Lajuane French, 40, of Miami. Each of the individuals was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit racketeering and one count of conspiracy to traffic in Oxycodone. All of the defendants were employed by or in an ownership position at the Med One Care Center located at 1380 NE Miami Gardens #260, North Miami Beach, Fla.
According to agents, Dr. Wolf allegedly prescribed Oxycodone to patients without conducting required medical exams.
Pleasure’s charges came from allegedly facilitating the “doctor shoppers” through the clinic.
French’s charges resulted from his alleged involvement in the sale of oxycodone as the owner of the Med One Care Center.
“Thanks to a strong, multi-agency effort, three more prescription drug traffickers have been arrested,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi. “We will remain vigilant in our efforts to rid our state of prescription drug abuse and prosecute those involved in Florida’s deadly pill mill operations.”
“With little-to-no medical evaluation, this doctor allegedly prescribed thousands of oxycodone pills,” said Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey. “We will continue to investigate and arrest unscrupulous doctors who traffic in pharmaceuticals.”
Wolf was booked into the Broward County Jail and Pleasure and French were booked into the Miami Dade County Jail.
The case will be prosecuted by Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution.
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Twelve charges in statewide pill mill investigation
For Immediate Release
June 21, 2012
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement Miami and Tallahassee Regional Operations Centers, the Office of the Statewide Prosecutor and the Hollywood Police Department announce the arrests of twelve individuals linked to a yearlong statewide pill mill investigation.
The investigation started in May of 2011 and involved organized doctor shopping and drug trafficking in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Authorities allege doctor shoppers worked under the direction of Frank Wooden Sr. of Lake Worth Florida. Wooden, they believe, gathered the pills purchased in South Florida and later transported them to Georgia and north Florida to sell.
Investigators allege the group obtained approximately 19,000 oxycodone pills over the course of the investigation which began when agents were contacted by pharmacies that had received prescriptions from a deceased physician.
Authorities believe that monies from these illegal narcotic sales were laundered by James Wooden through his business, J.W. Auto Sales, in Havana, Fla.
The following individuals have been arrested and are charged with conspiracy to commit racketeering, first-degree money laundering, conspiracy to traffic in oxycodone and obtaining a controlled substance by fraud:
Frank Wooden, 57, of Lake Worth, Fla.
James Wooden, 51, of Havana, Fla.
John Wooden, 65, of Albany, Ga.
Janice Cain, 48, of Miami
Phillis Scott, 58, of Miami
Frank Wooden Jr., 36, of Miami
Harriet Johnson, 50, of Miami
Albert Wiggins, 48, of Miami
Zenobia Mercer, 54, of Miami
Sylvester Wooden, 55, of Homestead
A warrant has been issued for Peggy Nealy, 53, of Miami.
Raymond Bowleg, 49, of Miami Gardens was arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit racketeering and one count of conspiracy to traffic in oxycodone.
The investigation remains ongoing and additional arrests are anticipated. The case will be prosecuted by Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution.
For Further Information Contact:
Gretl Plessinger, Keith Kameg or Steve Arthur
FDLE Office of Public Information