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Beckley pain management doctor enters plea

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BECKLEY (WVVA) A Beckley doctor charged with illegally distributing controlled drugs and defrauding the federal government entered a plea in U.S. District Court on Thursday. 

Dr. Jose Gordinho pleaded guilty to one count of defrauding Medicaid and Medicare and one count of illegally prescribing pain medication in front of Judge Irene Berger. In exchange for a plea deal with prosecutors, Gordinho faces a prison term of up to ten years if Judge Berger accepts the agreement. 

Gordinho was indicted on November 21, 2015, on 21 counts of distributing oxycodone, morphine, and other controlled substances that were not for legitimate purposes. On Wednesday, Gordhinho was also charged with attempting to defraud Medicare and Medicaid. 

At Thursday's hearing, U.S. Attorney Miller Bushong said the federal government had evidence showing that Gordinho repeatedly prescribed Hydrocodone to patients after failed drugs screens.  

Prosecutors said their investigation began when Gordinho's former partner at Responsible Pain and Aesthetic Management in Beckley came forward to federal prosecutors with 55 patient files, alleging that staff had been instructed to falsify records and that Gordhinho had continued to prescribe pain medication after patients had violated the terms of their pain management contract. 

Gordinho will be sentenced on April 27, 2016 at 10 a.m. He has been held in Southern Regional Jail since his arrest in November. 

Read full news release from U.S. Attorney Carol A. Castro:

BECKLEY, W.Va. - Acting United States Attorney Carol Casto announced today that Jose Jorge Abbud Gordinho, M.D., of Beckley, pleaded guilty in federal court to illegally prescribing the pain medication hydrocodone. Dr. Gordinho also pleaded guilty to defrauding Medicare and Medicaid by submitting materially false claims for medical services that were not medically necessary.

Dr. Gordinho admitted that he routinely prescribed pain pills for illegitimate purposes and in a manner that was outside the bounds of medical practice. Dr. Gordinho further admitted that he defrauded Medicare and Medicaid when he sought and received payment for office visits, services, and prescriptons related to his illegal prescribing practices.

United States District Judge Irene C. Berger set Dr. Gordinho’s sentencing for April 26, 2016, in Beckley. Dr. Gordinho faces up to 10 years in federal prison, a $1,250,000 fine, and restitution to Medicare and Medicaid. Additionally, as part of the plea agreement, he will permanently surrender his DEA Certificate of Registration, ensuring that he will no longer be permitted to prescribe controlled substances.

This case was investigated by the West Virginia State Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

This case is part of an ongoing effort led by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia to combat the illicit sale and misuse of prescription drugs and heroin. The U.S. Attorney’s Office, joined by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, is committed to aggressively pursuing and shutting down illegal pill trafficking, eliminating open air drug markets, and curtailing the spread of pills and heroin in communities across the Southern District. 

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