Two Biloxi doctors plead guilty on prescription drug charges

GULFPORT MS. (WLOX) - Two Biloxi doctors accused of running a prescription drug ring pleaded guilty in federal court today. Doctors Thomas Trieu and Victoria Van were indicted last year along with Trieu's brother RIchard, and pharmacist Nick Tran, on 60 counts of writing illegal prescriptions at the Family Medical Clinic on Division Street. But today, the Government agreed to dismiss all 60 counts against the doctors in exchange for guilty pleas on lesser charges.

Dr. Thomas Trieu and Dr. Victoria Van left the federal courthouse in Gulfport this afternoon, after pleading to a total of four counts. Dr. Trieu pleaded guilty to one felony and two misdemeanors; Dr. Van pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor. Prosecutors say they are very satisfied with the plea bargain, In this case, the maximum penalty for Dr. Trieu could be six years in prison and a 250 thousand dollar fine. For his wife, the maximum penalty is one year in prison and a 100 thousand dollar fine. Prosecutors have recommended less than three years in prison time for Trieu and probation for Van.

On the felony charge, Dr. Trieu admitted to prescribing controlled substances to a minor, including cough syrup with codeine, and Generics for Xanax and Lortab, outside the scope of professional practice. Both admitted to prescribing the same controlled substances outside the scope of professional practice... a misdemeanor. Prosecutors say evidence shows patients would come to the clnic for numerous visits and receive the prescriptions often without didagnostic tests or physical exams.

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