Office manager sentenced in Biloxi drug case

By WLOX Staff

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - One of four people accused in a prescription drug ring in Biloxi will not spend any more time in jail. Richard Trieu, the former office manager at the Family Medical Clinic on Division Street was sentenced Friday on a charge of knowing about crimes but failing to report them.

Trieu's brother Dr. Thomas Trieu, sister in-law Dr. Victoria Van and pharmacist Nick Tran still face federal drug charges.

Prosecutors say the clinic and pharmacy ran a pill mill, illegally dispensing large amounts of painkillers and other drugs for cash. Prosecutors dismissed the 59 most serious charges against Richard Trieu in exchange for his guilty plea.

Judge Louis Guirola sentenced Trieu to 84 days in prison, but credited him with time already served. Trieu was also sentenced to one year of supervised release and he must pay a $5,000 fine and $100 in court costs.

Doctors Trieu and Van and pharmacist Nick Tran are set to be tried in July.

Earlier this week, the government filed court papers explaining how it would use information about the deaths of some clinic patients.

Defense attorneys for Doctors Trieu and Van filed a motion to prohibit the government from bringing witnesses or testimony about the deaths of any of the clinic's patients. The defense says Trieu and Van haven't been charged in connection with any deaths and bringing up those allegations would prejudice the case.

The government contends any information about the deaths of patients would be used to back up its assertion that the doctors knew they were prescribing to people seeking illegal drugs.

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