Dr. Alvin Yee, Who Saw Young "Patients" at Starbucks, Prescribed Drugs and Had One Die from O.D., to Plead Guilty to Federal Counts
A 21-year-old patient from Huntington Beach prescribed drugs by Yee, 44, died from an overdose that same year.
My former colleague Marisa Gerber first covered the case for the Weekly:
Dr. Alvin Yee Met 'Patients' At OC Starbucks, Allegedly Wrote Prescriptions For $600
Feds said at the time Yee met with more than 10 "patients" a night--usually at a Starbucks--and wrote them prescriptions for drugs in exchange for $600. A third of these people were 25 or younger, six cases involved people younger than 21 and among the meds prescribed were OxyContin, Vicodin, Xanax, Adderall and Suboxone, the Department of Justice announced at the time.
Some "patients" came to Orange County from as far away as Seattle and Detroit and were later arrested for possessing large amoungs of opiates. The Surf City woman who died had also been reportedly prescribed opiates.
One patient turned out to be a Drug Enforcement Agency undercover, who was told by Yee, "Bet you never had your blood pressure taken in a Starbucks before," according to court documents. The physician was arrested in his Irvine office after that. His state medical license has since lapsed.
Under a plea deal, Yee will plead guilty to seven counts of illegal drug distribution. The agreement recommends he receive a 10-year prison sentence, but the federal judge is not bound by the deal's terms.
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