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Press Release

Physician Arrested By DEA Agents on Federal Charges of Illegally Selling Narcotic Prescriptions


 On March 7th, 2018, the Special Investigative Unit of RJN Investigations, Inc. was formally notified by the United States Attorney General’s Office regarding the arrest of Dr. Wendell Street.  This particular case started with suspected insurance fraud on a School District employee claim.  One of the central red flags in that case was the pharmacy billing for narcotic pain medication.  On multiple occasions, the physician issued medical reports stating, “No new significant physical findings per exam,” yet the surveillance level investigation performed by the RJN SIU Department found that the claimant never attended any such appointment on the dates they were billed.  Further analysis of the billing reflected that the physician prescribed over a period of 2 ½ years to the claimant the primary case, 41 prescriptions for OxyContin, 75 prescriptions for Actiq, 19 prescriptions for Hydrocodone and 40 prescriptions for Diazepam.  Given the evidence compiled in the SIU level investigation, the case was formally referred to the California Department of Insurance Fraud Division and the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.  The investigation was subsequently transferred to the Drug Enforcement Administration.  In the course of their undercover investigation, the doctor wrote prescriptions without performing any physical examination in exchange for cash.  In the five counts related to illegal distribution of OxyContin, each carry a statutory maximum penalty of 20 years in Federal Prison.  The five counts related to alprazolam each carry a sentence of up to 5 years in prison.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Victoria Degtyareva of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. 





Formed in 1996, the SIU Division was created to assist California employers, small size insurance carriers and TPA firms in securing professional assistance so as to detect, investigate and prosecute insurance fraud.  To date, the unit has trained well over 2,750 examiners and the documented referrals by this unit have resulted in over 175 convictions for workers’ compensation insurance fraud in California.  

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