Published on July 1st, 2013 | by Daniel R. Perlman0
Russian immigrant sentenced in operation of ‘prescription mills’
Russian immigrant Anush Davtyan was sentenced this month by U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter to 135 months for operating ‘prescription mills‘; medical clinics that dispensed the pain killer Oxycodone. The sentencing occured in Orange County’s Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse.
In September of 2011 Federal and local law enforcement raided four medical clinics in the San Fernando Valley suspected of operating as “prescription mills” that catered to addicts seeking heroin-like painkillers and other drugs.
Agents also searched the Encino home of Davtyan, the manager of two of the clinics. During the execution of a search warrant, federal agents found 1,116 Oxycodone pills in her bedroom, 2,669 pills wrapped in a white bag in the back seat of a Mercedes Benz parked in her garage as well as 4,928 additional pills in a pink container hidden in the vehicle’s trunk.
At the time of the raid, Davtyan was arrested at her home, officials said. Authorities said Davtyan was involved in a scheme to sell the medication, which can fetch $30 to $80 a pill, on the black market.
According to federal law enforcement reports, Davtyan and her common-law husband, Armen Ayrapetyan, operated an illegal narcotics scheme that supplied street dealers and addicts with the powerful painkiller.
They also bribed pharmacists in Costa Mesa and Fountain Valley to honor fake prescriptions, federal agents claim.
In contrast, Davtyan’s criminal defense lawyer described his client as a respected member of California’s Armenian immigrant community and her young children labeled her an excellent, loving mother.
Davtyan reportedly earned a 1986 medical degree from a Moscow university, but when she immigrated to Southern California she lived on government benefits and shoplifted.
For the sake of the youngsters who want to be with their mother, a reduced punishment was appropriate, the defense argued but to no avail.
Her accused accomplice, Ayrapetyan, fled to Russia and remains a fugitive, according to court records.
On orders by Carter, the 53-year-old criminal is presently locked inside the Metropolitan Detention Center in Los Angeles.
Source: blogs.ocweekly.com “Russian Immigrant Sentenced in operation of ‘prescription mills‘,” July 1, 2013.