September 05, 2012
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St. Petersburg Doctor Sentenced To Five Years In Prison For Illegally Prescribing Pain Medications
TAMPA, FL. - Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement (DEA), Miami Field Division, and Robert E. O'Neill, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida, announced today that U.S. District Judge Susan Bucklew sentenced John Anthony Gianoli III, 51, a physician practicing in St. Petersburg, Florida, to five years in federal prison for illegally distributing or causing the distribution of oxycodone outside the course of his professional practice by illegally prescribing oxycodone. The court also ordered Gianoli to forfeit his DEA Registration and his Florida Department of Health Medical License. Gianoli was found guilty on June 15, 2012.
According to evidence presented at trial, between September 2009 and July 2010, an undercover detective with the St. Petersburg Police Department, posing as patient, visited the Body by Dr. G. Clinic located at 165 5th Avenue, NE, St. Petersburg on ten occasions. Each time, the undercover detective was seen by Dr. Gianoli. On at least five of those occasions, Dr. Gianoli prescribed controlled substances, including (a brand name for 30 mg dose of oxycodone) to the undercover detective, despite his telling the doctor that he was diverting some or all of his oxycodone pills to his girlfriend.
This case was investigated by the DEA Tampa District Office and the St. Petersburg Police Department.