DeKALB – A former DeKalb doctor accused of running a “pill mill” that allegedly contributed to three deaths was arrested Wednesday on dozens of federal charges.
Richard H. Ng, 61, practiced osteopathic medicine at Sauk Medical Clinic, which had offices in DeKalb and Sterling, federal prosecutors said in a news release. He is accused of improperly dispensing pain killers between January 2007 and October 2011; state officials suspended his medical license Oct. 25, 2011.
The maximum prison terms for illegally dispensing a controlled substance vary depending on the drug involved, the release states. The charges involving death or serious bodily injury can be punished with life in prison.
His wife and office manager, Lee Lee “Audrey” Foong, 54, was indicted Tuesday on six drug charges and one count of income tax fraud, while Ng was indicted on 89 counts, including seven counts of income tax fraud. Both were arrested Wednesday.
According to the news release, Ng prescribed and dispensed oxycodone, methadone, morphine and other drugs without complete evaluations. He increased the dosage and required his patients “to return frequently to Ng to obtain excessive amounts of the controlled substances,” the release states.
He ignored obvious indications his patients were abusing or misusing the drugs, which caused the deaths of three of his patients, the release states.
Ng also filed false U.S. corporate income tax returns for the clinic for 2008 to 2010, knowing that they underestimated the clinic’s gross receipts by $922,850, which would have resulted in additional income tax due of $320,738.
The indictment also accuses Ng and Foong of filing a false return for 2011, the year they were married, and failing to report a total of about $1.3 million in cash received from the clinic and rental receipts, which would have resulted in $270,873 in income tax due, the release said.
Sauk Medical Clinic, which had operated at 1025 W. Hillcrest Drive in DeKalb, appeared empty Wednesday, with cleaning supplies visible through the front window. It sits next to a pizza shop and a shop that advertises drinks, snacks, cigars, cigarettes and pipes.