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      Toledo doctor sent to prison for running pill mill

      A Toledo doctor will spend several years in prison for illegally dispensing controlled substances

      A former Toledo doctor will spend several years behind bars for illegally dispensing controlled substances and duping Ohio's Medicaid program.

      Darrell Hall, who was a medical doctor with E.D.M. Health Services at 316 North Michigan St., has been sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to repay over $78,000 to Ohio Medicaid. The former physician was convicted of Health Care Fraud, Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance, and Failure to Pay Employment Taxes.

      "This case is a clear example of a doctor putting greed above quality care for his patients," said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. "This joint state and federal investigation found that this doctor improperly prescribed the drug Oxycodone, and he also defrauded the Medicaid program by claiming he provided more services than he actually did."

      The Ohio Attorney General's Office began investigating Hall after discovering he had fraudulently engaged in "upcoding" or billing Ohio Medicaid for more services than he actually provided to patients. He was also found to have overprescribed approximately 1,300 Oxycodone pills, in addition to failing to pay taxes on his employees.

      Hall's license to practice medicine was revoked in November 2010.

      Upon completion of his five-year prison sentence, Hall will be placed on supervised release for another three years.

      "This sentence should send a message to any doctor who would use their prescription pad as a means to run a pill mill," U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach said.