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Dr. Fuhai Li

Milford doctor jailed for opioids

MILFORD, PA — A Milford man has surrendered to U.S. Marshalls after being found guilty in June of illegally prescribing oxycodone and other opioids to 23 other patients. A press release from the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania says that one of the women, a Honesdale patient, died after using the pills prescribed by Dr. Fuhai Li, 58.

He was also found guilty of prescribing oxycodone to a pregnant woman whose baby spent 11 days in intensive care withdrawing from the drug.

After testimony from numerous expert witnesses, the jury found that Dr. Li repeatedly prescribed opioids without legitimate medical purposes.

Initially the judge handling the case, Judge A. Richard Caputo, released Li on the condition that he be monitored electronically. But that decision was reversed on appeal, and Caputo ordered him detained immediately.

According to the press release, “The four-year-long investigation of this case was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and its Diversion Division, the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation Division, and the Pike County District Attorney’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michelle Olshefski, Francis P. Sempa and Evan Gotlob prosecuted the case.

“The case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.”

Li could face up to life in prison for these crimes.

 

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