Claremore doctor pleads guilty to writing fake opioid prescriptions

TULSA, Okla. — A Claremore physician pleaded guilty Monday to writing fake opioid prescriptions for his own use.

U.S. Attorney Trent Shores announced that 42-year-old Dr. Jeremy David Thomas is convicted of drug conspiracies in five separate federal cases.

Investigators said Thomas and five others started a drug conspiracy involving prescriptions for hydrocodone. They said Thomas would write a prescription for more than what was needed and those involved in the scheme would give some or all of the pills back to Thomas.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Thomas and his co-conspirators diverted more than 13,740 doses of the hydrocodone tablets during a two year period -- mainly for the physician’s illegal personal use.

"We need to be more aware today than ever before of the dangers of opioid addiction. The defendant, Dr. Thomas, risked the lives of his patients by performing an estimated 2,500 surgical procedures while under the influence of opioids. Dr. Thomas exploited the special Doctor-patient relationship to feed his addiction. He became a drug dealer hiding behind a medical license." - U.S. Attorney Trent Shores.

The following people are also involved in these drug conspiracies according to the U.S. Attorney's Office: Jeffrey Lee Koger, 47, of Claremore; Joseph Marcus Jones, 36, of Claremore; Toni Dawn Martin, 49, of Owasso; Shawn Del Martin, 50, of Owasso; and Chad Lee Choat, 46, of Claremore.

Thomas is set to be sentenced on February 28. Thomas will face a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $2 million fine for each count of Drug Conspiracy and Distribution.

This case is a part of the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services’ 2018 National Healthcare Fraud and Opioid Takedown initiative.

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