Former Visalia doctor pleads guilty in drug case

A former Visalia doctor who sold prescriptions for narcotic drugs in Modesto pleaded guilty Monday to distributing and dispensing oxycodone and structuring financial transactions to evade a reporting requirement, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Terrill Eugene Brown, 61, prescribed large quantities of highly addictive prescription drugs, including oxycodone and hydrocodone, without medical necessity, according to court documents. Brown deposited the cash earned from these prescriptions into personal bank accounts in a manner designed to avoid currency-transaction reporting requirements, the documents say.

In a related case filed in April 2013, a federal grand jury charged 13 defendants in an indictment that claims they obtained prescriptions for oxycodone and hydrocodone, and medical marijuana recommendations from Brown in Modesto.

They also recruited and paid others to obtain prescriptions and marijuana recommendations from the doctor and shipped the pills to other states, the indictment says.

Eight of the 13 defendants in that case have been sentenced, including four Modesto residents: Sdey Chim, Chanrath Yath, Phally Thach and Raeb Chou. Chim was sentenced to three years 10 months; Yath, three years four months; Thach, 21/2 years; and Chou, two years.

As part of Brown’s plea agreement, he will forfeit more than $182,000 and three BMW sedans that officials say were involved in or obtained as a result of his criminal activity.

Brown will remain free until his sentencing Sept. 22. Brown faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine for illegally causing the dispensing of a controlled substance, and a maximum of 10 years and a $500,000 fine for structuring currency transactions to avoid reporting requirements.