Detroit Healthcare Clinic Owner Hit With 11-Year- Sentence Over "Drug Diversion Scheme"
Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski announced the sentencing of a Detroit health care clinic owner. The owner was apparently caught up in a massive drug bust where they were found pushing controlled substance category drugs.
President Trump has made it his personal mission to bring down America's opioid-related deaths. Trump's war on opioids landed this owner 11 years in prison sending a stiff message to other physicians.
According to The Department of Justice's report, Malik Fuqua, 49, of Southfield, Michigan, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge David Lawson of the Eastern District of Michigan, who also ordered Fuqua to forfeit $716,824.23. In November 2019, Fuqua pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.
As part of his guilty plea, Fuqua admitted that, as the owner and operator of a physical therapy clinic, he conspired with Shirley Douglas, 70, of West Bloomfield, Michigan, and other co-conspirators to distribute medically unnecessary controlled substances, including oxycodone, oxymorphone, alprazolam, hydrocodone and promethazine hydrochloride, through the selling of appointments with physicians at their clinics.
The report goes on to say that the total drug amount attributable to Fuqua is in excess of 500,000 controlled substance pills.
President Trump’s Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse, unveiled in 2018, is confronting the driving forces behind the opioid crisis.
Part 1 is reducing demand and over-prescription, including educating Americans about the dangers of opioid misuse. Part 2 is cutting down on the supply of illicit drugs by cracking down on the international and domestic drug supply chains that devastate American communities. Part 3 is helping those struggling with addiction through evidence-based treatment and recovery support services.
Trump, ending the opioid epidemic is more than just a policy issue. It’s a calling driven from his firsthand family experience.
“I had a brother, Fred—great guy, best-looking guy, best personality,” the President told those gathered in the East Room of the White House in October 2017. “But he had a problem. He had a problem with alcohol, and he would tell me, ‘Don’t drink. Don’t drink.’ . . . He would say it over and over and over again.”
The landscape of addiction in America looks different today than it did decades ago. Now, we have a real chance to flip the script on opioid abuse. “I learned because of Fred. I learned,” President Trump says. “It is time to liberate our communities from this scourge of drug addiction.”
This is exactly why I said it was Trump's personal mission to end the crisis. Like most of us, the Trump family has been hit by the ugly reality of addiction.