Doctor Pleads Guilty to Running Pill Mill

US Attorney’s Office – Western District of Texas, Jan. 10, 2022

DEL RIO – A Carrizo Springs doctor pleaded guilty today to charges he ran a “pill-mill” by providing patients with unlawful prescriptions.

According to court documents, Dr. Alfonso Luevano, 52, admitted that he conducted appointments with patients that did not meet the accepted standard of care in which he prescribed controlled substances including hydrocodone, alprazolam, and tramadol.  Undercover officers conducted multiple visits with the doctor, captured on audio/video recording, in which he prescribed controlled substances with almost no medical evaluation.  The defendant also admitted that he pre-signed prescription pads and allowed his staff and employees to use them to create controlled substance prescriptions without him seeing the patient at all. 

Luevano pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison. He is set for sentencing on July 27, 2022.  A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

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