Aaron Paul Borengasser, 35, of Little Rock, Arkansas was acquitted August 12, 2016 by jury trial. Could this be the beginning of the end for illegal government convictions of medical professionals? Let’s hope so. Maybe the jury pool of Americans is starting to get wise to the government lies. This case, like all others where the accused end up convicted and imprisoned, was based on the usual reasons:
- Normal prescriptions for people with pain and anxiety (anxiety is a lot higher now because of the difficulty finding treatment for pain) consisting of an opioid and a benzodiazepine. He was also attacked for prescribing a non-opioid pain reliever as well. [and when is THAT against any law, even made up?]
- Government labeling of the clinic as a “pill mill” to create prejudice. Included in that smoke screen was testimony as to how much the drugs bring on the street.
- The fact that the patients paid cash for the visit. [The assistant U.S. Attorney Anne Gardner even said “to be examined” in her description. That alone states that the clinic was “legitimate” per the law.]
- Patients were supposedly fake, but presented with ailments to obtain the prescriptions. [and medical professionals are supposed to have infrared glasses that can identify fakes]
The actual charge:
From June, 2014 to May, 2015, AARON PAUL BORENGASSER, 35, of Little Rock did conspire to knowingly and intentionally possess with intent to distribute and dispense, and to distribute and dispense, Hydrocodone, a Schedule II controlled substance, and other Schedule III and IV controlled substances without an effective prescription in violation of Title 21, USC, Sections 841 (a)(l ), (b )(1 )(C) and (b )(1 )(E) and Section 846.
Can anyone explain to me what “without an effective prescription” means? If a prescription is written, how can it not be “effective?” And how can controlled substances be dispensed without a prescription? Is this the new legal jargon to try to implicate medical professionals as street pushers?
Government Explanation of Identification of the Target
The attack on Borengasser stemmed from supposed complaints from Walgreens and Wal-Mart pharmacies in July, 2014 to the DEA that they were seeing numerous suspicious controlled substance prescriptions written by him. Beginning in November 2014, individuals were directed by clinic staff to fill the prescriptions at a local pharmacy, Bowman Curve Pharmacy, rather than with a large chain store, such as Walgreens or Wal-Mart. The pharmacist at Bowman Curve Pharmacy was implicated in the government attack as part of the “conspiracy”.
The DEA labeled Artex Medical Clinic a “pill mill,” claiming individuals obtained prescriptions for narcotic drugs without having legitimate medical need. They charged that homeless individuals were recruited to obtain prescriptions at the clinic, after which they would fill the prescriptions, hand over the pills to the recruiter, and receive a small fee.
My Explanation of the Method Used to Target Medical Professionals
Through prescription records available to the government (why do we allow that invasion of privacy?) the DEA had these clinics earmarked as targets. They then visited the area pharmacies, putting pressure on the pharmacists. The pharmacists at Walgreens and Wal-Mart became alarmed for their own security, and pointed the finger at Borengasser, or simply agreed with the DEA agents who already had him in their sights. It was at that time, then, that the pharmacists at the chain stores became ugly to the patients, or uncooperative with Borengasser, so that 4 months later, the PA directed his patients to use only the local pharmacy, Bowman Curve Pharmacy. There was no conspiracy. Mom and pop shops are simply more patient-based than chain stores.
Follow the Money
The attack on Aaron Borengasser was part of “Operation Pilluted,” the largest prescription drug operation in DEA history, which led to the arrests of 280 people in Arkansas, Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi, half of which were in Arkansas. To fit the government’s illegal use of the Controlled Substance Act, DEA Special Agent in-Charge Keith Brown made the usual statement
“The doctors and pharmacists arrested in Operation Pilluted are nothing more than drug traffickers who prey on the addiction of others while abandoning the Hippocratic Oath adhered to faithfully by thousands of doctors and pharmacists each day across this country”
As usual, the investigation of a medical clinic supported the salaries of multiple law enforcement agencies–the DEA, the United States Marshals Service, Little Rock Police Department, the Saline County Sheriff’s Office and the Little Rock Tactical Diversion Squad composed of officers from the Conway Police Department, Beebe Police Department, Little Rock Police Department, Pine Bluff Police Department, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, and the Benton Police. 1000 law enforcement officers were involved in “Operation Pilluted”.