Houston doctor, clinic manager at alleged pill mill among hundreds indicted by strike force

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A Gulfton-area doctor and clinic manager accused of running a prolific pill mill are among hundreds of doctors, nurses and medical professionals nationwide targeted in what Justice Department officials say is the largest takedown ever by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force.

Grand juries in dozens of federal jurisdictions – including Houston – indicted 412 people in health care fraud schemes involving $1.3 billion, according to a Justice Department news release.


Gazelle Craig, a licensed physician specializing in pain management at a clinic on Gulfton Street, was indicted July 6 by a federal grand jury in Houston for handing out $300 hydrocodone prescriptions to scores of patients who did not need them. Shane Faithful, the administrator and owner of the clinic, was also indicted.

Craig and Faithful both face one count of conspiracy to unlawfully distribute and dispense controlled substances and three counts each of unlawfully distributing and dispensing the drugs.

Don E. Lewis, who represents Craig could not be reached for immediate comment. Cornel A. Williams, the attorney for Faithful, declined to comment about the case.

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The pair were among 26 people in the Southern District of Texas to face allegations of defrauding the government of $66 million.

Nationally, the Medicare Fraud Strike Force brought cases across 41 federal districts, including 115 doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals. More than 120 defendants, including doctors, face charges of prescribing and distributing opioids and other dangerous narcotics.


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