Frederick W. Floyd, III, DO, 58, was an internist who specialized in pain management in New Orleans, LA with 22 years of experience. He was sentenced Jan. 25 to 10 years in prison as a result of his guilty plea September, 2017 to two counts: illegally dispensing controlled substances and money laundering,. U.S. District Judge Carl J. Barbier also ordered Floyd to forfeit more than $42,000 in currency, real estate and other property, and imposed a more than $2.5 million forfeiture money judgment.
Dr. Floyd was arrested in July, 2017, and was held in custody until his plea. How can that be considered legal or ethical? How could the doctor make a reasonable decision about a plea from a jail cell? This is happening to more and more doctors, as a ploy to make them do whatever the government wants. This strategy was exposed in Licensed to Lie by Sidney Powell.
In his news release, which is another form of prosecutorial misconduct per Judge Alex Kozinky, DEA agent Stephen G. Azzam blamed Dr. Floyd for the opioid epidemic, claiming half of his prescriptions of controlled substances were distributed to patients illegally “outside the scope of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose.” But according to the Controlled Substance Act, it is the doctor that determines legitimate purpose, not the DOJ.
Dr. Floyd worked as the only doctor at two clinics in East New Orleans. He began working at Bullard Medical Center in 2013. By 2014 the DEA was already sending in undercover agents masquerading as patients. Even though they complained about pain and were appropriately treated, these prescriptions were those listed as “not for a legitimate purpose”. This is also the standard strategy used in the court to sway jury opinion. However, we now have an active attorney in Beau Brindley who exposes this for what it is in court, and is winning cases right and left.
In March 2016, Dr. Floyd opened his own pain clinic, St. Ignatius of Loyola Health Clinic, Dr. Floyd was targeted because he ran a cash-only pain clinic and saw 50 to 70 patients per day, including patients who traveled in from out of state. But neither of those criteria point to a “street pusher”, which is what the doctor has to be in order to be considered as criminal activity. As long as there is a patient record, it is legitimate.
The government even admits in their record that the undercover sources were seen as patients 15 visits in 2015 and 2016, they would wait several hours to be seen, and the doctor performed a physical exam. That is not criminal distribution, but legitimate medicine.
In August 2016, his Louisiana medical license was revoked because neither clinic was registered as a pain clinic as required by Louisiana law.
News releases issued by DEA agent Azzam and US Attorney Duane A. Evans state that they plan on attacking more doctors, saying that Dr. Floyd’s 10-year prison term and hefty monetary judgment should serve as a warning to those prescribing opioids.
“The investigation and prosecution of these types of cases remains one of the top priorities of this office,” Evans said in the release.
In order to confiscate his personal assets, the feds claimed his purchase of a 2010 Mercedes with a $11,000 check (money he earned doing his job) was “money laundering”—a term specifically designed to refer to the illegal funds of a drug cartel. This is what our government is doing to make money—comparing legitimate doctors’ offices to crack houses.