Arlington doctor indicted for Oxycodone distribution ring

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- An Arlington doctor and five co-conspirators were indicted Thursday for operating an illegal oxycodone distribution ring.

The U.S. Department of Justice says the group allegedly wrote, filled, and sold fraudulent prescriptions for over 11,000 oxycodone pills and other controlled substances throughout Virginia and in other states. The pills had a value of $735,000.

The six indicted defendants reside in Virginia and include Dr. Derron McRae Simon, 45, of Midlothian; Donald Alvin Petties, 51, of Sterling; Ereida Arlett Escobar, 23, of Falls Church; Linda Dao, 21, of Arlington; Michael Harris, 21, of Falls Church; and Aaron Kwon, 29, of Manassas, according to the DOJ.

All six defendants are charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute and dispense controlled substances and one or more counts of possession with the intent to distribute controlled substances. Simon also is charged with three counts of distributing a controlled substance to persons under the age of 21, and both Simon and Petties are charged with one count of aggravated identity fraud.

According to the indictment, Simon directed Escobar, a receptionist and medical assistant at Simon's practice, to confirm calls from pharmacists seeking to verify his oxycodone prescriptions. Simon also allegedly directed Escobar to create fraudulent patient history forms and medical records to make it appear that these individuals were actually legitimate patients.

Each of the defendants faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine if convicted of the charged conspiracy or possession offenses.


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