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As Part of Nationwide Health Care Fraud Takedown, DEA Arrests Orange County Doctor Who Illicitly Sold Over 1.2 Million Narcotic Pills

JULY 13 (LOS ANGELES) – In the largest-ever health care fraud enforcement action by federal authorities, 14 defendants – including doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals – have been charged in the Central District of California for allegedly participating in health care fraud and drug diversion schemes that caused approximately $147 million in losses.

Of the 14 defendants charged in the Central District of California, four are physicians, including Dr. Jeffrey Olsen, who was charged with illegally prescribing controlled substances.  The 57-year-old Olsen surrendered to authorities on Tuesday after being indicted last week by a federal grand jury on 34 counts of illegally prescribing controlled drugs, including oxycodone, and one count of false statement on a DEA registration application. Olsen, a resident of Laguna Beach, allegedly sold prescriptions to addicts and drug dealers in exchange for fixed cash fees, without any medical basis for the prescriptions.

During the investigation, Olsen also sold hundreds of prescriptions to addicts in other states, such as Oregon, without ever seeing the “patients” for an in-person examination. In text messages to these out-of-state customers, Olsen allegedly told customers that, in exchange for exorbitant fees as high as $3,000, he would write prescriptions for whatever drug they wanted, and that he would never check whether they were actually taking the prescribed drugs or whether they were getting additional narcotic prescriptions from other doctors. Olsen allegedly sold more than 1.2 million pills of narcotics, which were almost entirely at maximum strength, in addition to hundreds of thousands of pills of other controlled drugs such as the sedatives Xanax and Soma. The case against Olsen is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Ben Barron and Bryant Yang.

The remaining defendants charged locally are among hundreds of people charged across the United States in cases that cumulatively allege approximately $1.3 billion in false billings.  The nationwide sweep includes charges against more than 120 defendants who allegedly prescribed and distributed opioids and other dangerous narcotics.

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