The Michigan State Police (MSP) on Wednesday announced a new task force investigating medical professionals suspected of illegally distributing controlled substances.
The Diversion Investigation Unit (DIU) has charged two medical professionals:
- Remona Brown, N.P., of Lansing: One count of conducting a criminal enterprise, one count of conspiracy to manufacture illegal prescriptions, nine counts of manufacturing illegal prescriptions and one count of health care fraud.
- Arduth M. Burgess, D.O., of Mason: One count of manufacturing illegal prescriptions, two counts of possessing controlled substances, one count of health care fraud and one count of failing to keep records and one misdemeanor count of licensee prescription violations.
“We evolve as crime does,” said MSP Director Col. Joe Gasper. “This is a very real and potentially deadly part of the opioid epidemic. Prescribing medically unnecessary controlled substances pushes highly addictive drugs on to our streets impacting public and patient safety.”
In June, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer created the Michigan Opioids Task Force chaired by Michigan Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun.