Southeastern PA

Doctor sells prescription drugs for cash payments

Officials say a doctor of Ambler, Pennsylvania was sentenced Tuesday to 48 months in prison for selling abused prescription drugs in exchange for cash payments. 

Dr. Alan Summers, 79, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, distribution of controlled substances, health care fraud and money laundering. He was ordered to pay $14,000 in restitution, officials say, in addition to $4.6 million in restitution. 

Officials say Summers operated a medical clinic in Philadelphia, employed numerous other doctors and sold Suboxone and Klonopin in exchange for cash payments. 

Not one medical examination or mental health examination, as required by law, was conducted in order to legally prescribe the controlled substances. Officials say Summers assisted his customers in obtaining health insurance benefits by providing false information to health insurance companies so his customers could fill their prescriptions. 

Officials say many customers were drug dealers or addicts who sold the medications. During the duration of his practice, officials say Summers illegally sold more than $5 million in controlled substances. 

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