Unfortunately, not many details are available in the indictment, Department of Justice press release, and various media reports, but I am sure more will come out as the case progresses. Like other cases involving health care fraud (alleged, proven and/or admitted) I have discussed on the site, the lifestyles of the involved parties is quite fascinating (see below).
Drs. Couch and Ruan were arrested as part of “Operation Pillution”, a federal law enforcement effort aimed at prescription drug abuse in the southern US. On the day the two were taken into custody, federal agents conducted raids on multiple pain clinics and pharmacies in Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi.
Distribution of Controlled Substances
In addition to owning PPSA, Drs. Couch and Ruan also own C&R Pharmacy, which I believe is located in the same building as PPSA.Starting in about January 2011, Drs. Couch and Ruan allegedly conspired to distribute and dispense numerous Schedule II controlled substances “outside the usual course of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose”.