On Thursday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office arrested a 62-year-old Berkeley woman for allegedly selling illicit prescriptions for highly addictive drugs at various fast-food restaurants, including Burger King, House of Chicken and Waffles, Dick’s Donuts, and Starbucks.
According to the San Jose Mercury News, Dr. Toni Daniels knew that many of her customers used Medicare, Medi-Cal, and other private insurance company plans, which would cover the cost of the prescriptions for oxycodone, hydrocodone, and other controlled substances.
In a period between October 2010 and April 2011, Medicare and Medi-Cal paid over $64,000 in fraudulent claims. Moreover, according to the indictment, in 2010 alone, the doctor raked in $144,000, while not filing any income tax returns for that year.
On Monday, Daniels will appear again in court to face the charges. If she is convicted for selling controlled substances, Daniels could be sentenced to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million.