Former East Bay Doctor Sentenced to Prison for Improperly Prescribing Opioids

Former East Bay Doctor Sentenced to Prison for Improperly Prescribing Opioids

Former East Bay doctor, Parto Karimi, has been sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison for improperly prescribing powerful opioids, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Karimi, 59, pleaded guilty last July to distributing hydrocodone outside the scope of professional practice.

Karimi operated her medical practice, named “Mindful Medicine,” from an accessory dwelling unit on her Alamo home’s grounds from approximately 2011 to 2022. As a licensed practitioner of internal medicine, she was authorized to prescribe controlled substances. However, an investigation was initiated by the Drug Enforcement Administration after receiving concerning information from the family of one of Karimi’s former patients who had passed away.

During the investigation, agents discovered text messages on the deceased patient’s phone, indicating that Karimi had left prescriptions for her without conducting any medical exams. Further review of records revealed that she had written 85 prescriptions, totaling 8,789 pills of controlled substances, including Norco and Adderall.

In October 2021, an undercover agent visited Karimi’s practice and requested 10-milligram Norco tablets for alleged leg pain resulting from work as a restaurant server. Instead of conducting a physical examination or exploring alternative treatment options, Karimi wrote a prescription for 60 high-dose Norco pills. She admitted knowing the drug’s potency and addictive potential.

Prosecutors also revealed that Karimi exchanged medical prescriptions for opioids, such as Norco, for street drugs like cocaine and methamphetamine, as well as cash payments. The undercover agent was charged $200 for the appointment.

Karimi’s attorney, Robert J. Beles, requested three years of probation for his client, citing a pre-sentence report. However, U.S. District Court Judge Jon S. Tigar sentenced Karimi to one year and one day in federal prison, along with three years of supervised release. Additionally, Karimi must surrender her California medical license and pay a $4,000 fine.

In a letter to the court, Karimi expressed remorse and took responsibility for her actions. She attributed her inappropriate conduct to not being in a sound mental state at the time and emphasized her commitment to the Hippocratic Oath.

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