Doctor Sentenced for Tax Evasion, Writing Prescriptions over Internet

A Virginia doctor was sentenced recently in federal court on charges that he wrote prescriptions over the Internet for people whom he had never met or examined, as well as tax evasion.

Acting United States Attorney Michael K. Loucks, Mark Dragonetti, resident agent in charge of the Food and Drug Administration's Office of Criminal Investigations, and Susan Dukes, special agent in charge for the Internal Revenue Service's Criminal Investigation - Boston Field Office, announced that Dr. Torrino Jennings of Mechanicsville, Va., was sentenced by Judge Richard Stearns to one year and a day in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, after pleading guilty on July 19, 2009 to seven counts of Introducing Misbranded Drugs into Interstate Commerce and four counts of Tax Evasion.

The drugs, shipments of the muscle relaxant SOMA, were misbranded as a matter of law because they were dispensed without a valid prescription. Between 2004 and 2007, Jennings issued between 50,000 and 100,000 prescriptions over the internet for SOMA and other drugs to individuals on whom he had never performed a physical examination and whom, indeed, he had never met. He did so based on brief forms completed by individuals for online pharmacies. The online pharmacies paid Jennings between $5.00 and $7.00 for each prescription he wrote based on one of these forms. Virtually no request for drugs submitted by the online pharmacies to Jennings for endorsement was ever rejected by him.

Jennings knowingly and intentionally did not report to the IRS hundreds of thousands of dollars he was paid by the online pharmacies for issuing the prescriptions.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations to improve safety by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, lost days, OSHA fines; and more.

  • Comply with OSHA’s Electronic Recordkeeping Requirements

    Collect relevant incident data and generate accurate OSHA 300, 300A, and 301 regulatory reports, including 300A CSV files for easy electronic submission to OSHA.

  • Complete Online Safety Training Courses

    Deliver state-of-the art, online safety training courses to your organization with IndustrySafe Training Management Software. Generate reports to track training compliance and automatically notify learners of upcoming or overdue classes.

  • Easy to Use Safety Inspection App

    Conduct inspections on the go with IndustrySafe’s mobile app. Complete safety audits at job sites and remote locations—with or without web access.

  • Track Key Safety Performance Indicators

    IndustrySafe’s Dashboard Module allows organizations to easily track safety KPIs and metrics. Gain increased visibility into your business’ operations and safety data.

  • Industry Safe
comments powered by Disqus