Federal jury convicts Pinellas Park pill mill doctor, wife
A Pinellas Park doctor and his wife have been found guilty of illegally prescribing narcotics over a five-year period.
According to U.S. Attorney Lee Bentley, three of Dr. Edward N. Feldman’s patients died as a result of multi-drug toxicity.
A federal jury convicted Feldman, 76, and his wife, Kim Xuan Feldman, 66, of conspiring to dispense controlled substances for no legitimate medical purpose and outside the usual course of professional practice, dispensing controlled substances that resulted in death, and money laundering.
According to testimony and evidence at the trial, the Feldmans operated Feldman Orthopedic and Wellness Center from October 2009 to December 2014. They treated between 80 to 100 people a day, with new patients paying $300 in cash and follow-up patients paying between $150 and $225 per visit. The clinic did not accept insurance.
Bentley says a pain-management expert testified that Feldman’s prescriptions had been so far outside the usual course of professional practice that “he had not been practicing medicine when he had prescribed large doses of controlled substances to his patients.”
Medical examiners said the three patients who died had large amounts of methadone, oxycodone, alprazolam and diazepam in their systems, and that two of the patients had only visited the clinic once before their deaths.
Investigators said the couple deposited more than $5 million in cash in dozens of bank accounts, and that they used the proceeds to buy their home and property and to fund investments.
Prosecutors say more than $500,000 in cash and gold were recovered from various bank accounts and safety deposit boxes in the name of the Feldmans and other family members. In addition, a 2011 Porsche, a 2006 Inifinti and a 2009 Mercedes Benz were seized.
Edward Feldman faces the possibility of life in prison, while Kim Feldman faces up to 30 years in prison. Their sentencing hearing is scheduled for May 23.