A doctor who ran three northeast Ohio pain management clinics was sentenced Friday to life in prison for prescribing addictive painkillers that resulted in the deaths of two of his patients.
Dr. Jorge A. Martinez, formerly of Bath Township, was convicted in January on 56 counts of mail, wire, and health care fraud resulting in death, and drug distribution.
Martinez, 56, ran clinics in Lorain, Boardman and Parma, where he treated patients with injection of narcotic drug prescriptions, and then claimed thousands of dollars in insurance reimbursements per visit, investigators said.
According to prosecutors, Martinez saw upward of 100 patients a day, and submitted $60 million in fraudulent bills to insurance programs. He was paid more than $12 million by Medicaid, Medicare and the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation.
Prosecutors said his patients became addicted as a result of his treatments, and that Martinez threatened to withhold drugs if they did not submit to the injections.
Two of his patients died from drug overdoses of OxyContin, Kadian and other drugs.
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