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November 28, 2017

Feds: Doctor, receptionist allegedly ran pill mill from Center City offices

A doctor allegedly used his Center City medical offices to illegally deal prescription painkillers for nearly a year, according to a federal indictment unsealed Tuesday.

Dr. Martin D. Weaver and his receptionist, Erica LaBoy, allegedly conspired together to run the prescription pill mill from December 2016 until last month.

Weaver, 63, faces 29 distribution counts tied to allegedly selling oxycodone prescriptions to customers disguised as patients. Weaver and LaBoy, 31, both are charged with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances outside the scope of professional practice. 

The indictment alleges the physician and receptionist typically charged patients about $300 for the first appointment to obtain a prescription and $200 for subsequent appointments. LaBoy also is accused of screening Weaver's patients, scheduling the appointments, collecting cash and writing prescriptions that Weaver would then allegedly sign and sell.

Weaver did not examine the so-called patients he sold to and often handed out prescriptions from the receptionist's desk without giving any medical care, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Weaver and LaBoy allegedly falsified medical records to make it look as though Weaver's customers had received an examination and medical care, the indictment states.

Weaver practiced out of an office at 21 S. 12th St. before moving to 1015 Chestnut St. last summer, officials said.

If convicted, Weaver and LaBoy face jail time, fines and other penalties.