Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release
November 1, 2012
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
Lake City Pill Mill Doctor Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for Medicaid Fraud and Other Drug-Related Charges
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –Attorney General Pam Bondi announced that Circuit Court Judge Leandra G. Johnson sentenced Dr. Yong Am Park, 68, to two years in prison for Medicaid fraud and prescription drug-related charges. The Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit partnered with multiple agencies to investigate the Lake City pill mill doctor, the last defendant sentenced in a case involving now-defunct Trinity Community Hospital in Jasper.
Park was convicted of three counts of Medicaid fraud, five counts of prescription fraud, two counts of unauthorized possession of a prescription form, one count of scheme to defraud, and one count of selling a controlled substance.
“This pill mill doctor was endangering Floridians and defrauding the Medicaid program out of taxpayer dollars by billing the program for many of these illegal prescriptions,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi. “I am grateful to all of the partnering agencies who assisted in this investigation and helped put this doctor behind bars.”
Investigators conducted a series of undercover visits and were prescribed controlled substances, such as oxycodone and hydrocodone, outside the course of Park’s professional practice. Investigators discovered that the Florida Medicaid program was paying for many of these illegal prescriptions.
Park has relinquished his medical license. This case was prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office and the State Attorney’s Office for the 3rd Judicial Circuit. Participating agencies include: the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, the Lake City Police Department, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.