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Fla. man, 82, pleads guilty to federal drug charges in Baltimore Co. 'pill mill' case

An 82-year-old Florida man accused of helping to operate "pill mills" in Owings Mills and Timonium pleaded guilty Thursday to federal drug charges.

Gerald Wiseberg, of Boca Raton, was a part owner of the Healthy Life clinic. He pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and other drugs.

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According to his plea agreement, Wiseberg owned and operated a pain management clinic called Total Care Medical Center in Deerfield Beach, Fla. between March 2010 and February 2011. He was not a medical doctor but established the operating procedures at the clinic.

Along with two business partners, he later opened Healthy Life in Baltimore County, and they modeled the business after the clinic in Florida, according to the plea agreement. Prosecutors say he hired medical directors at Healthy Life who he thought would write narcotic prescriptions for people even if there was no legitimate medical need.

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Wiseberg also traveled from Florida to Maryland several times to give "pep talks" to the clinic staff, encouraging them to give customers the prescriptions they wanted, according to the plea agreement.

Healthy Life's first location was in Owings Mills, but the business moved to a larger location in Timonium.

More than 80 percent of customers who received prescriptions from Healthy Life were from outside of Maryland, prosecutors said. Roughly 97 percent received at least one prescription for oxycodone.

Wiseberg also pleaded guilty to a charge filed in New York for conspiring to distribute oxycodone and other drugs.

He faces up to 20 years in prison for each of the drug conspiracy charges and is scheduled to be sentenced in March.

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