Jerry Scot Reifeiss, MD, 62, was prescribing physician at the KJ Medical Clinic in Little Rock, Arkansas at the time of his arrest May 20, 2015. He pleaded not guilty along with 8 others. From KJ Medical Clinic in West Little Rock: clinic managers Randy Chane and Chris Manson; office staff Larosha Hall, Densheo Davis and Gerry Hill, Edward Palmer II (named recruiter/distributor in the Operation Pilluted attack), physician’s assistant Aaron Borengasser, and pharmacist Kristen Holland of Bowman Curve Pharmacy. Dr. Reifeiss took the place of Dr. Felicie Wyatt at the clinic that was first named Artex Medical Clinic.
This video on the raid on the office shows how the media paints us as guilty:
The real guilty individuals are those in the Justice Department leading these illegal attacks on doctors. The Justice Department officials trying to make a name for themselves here like Loretta Lynch did in New York are Christopher R. Thyer, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, David Downing, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Little Rock District Office of the DEA, and DEA New Orleans Division Special Agent in Charge Keith Brown. Close to 1000 law enforcement individuals were involved in the year-long “Operation Pilluted” in which 280 people were finally charged in 4 states.
Another problem Dr. Reifeiss had to contend with was bad publicity. One reporter did some research and found out that Dr. Reifeiss had previously surrendered his license to practice medicine in Missouri in 2006, following patient complaints to the board. It looks like he agreed to a consent order. The government in that order, accused him of patient abandonment, unprofessional conduct, alcohol impairment, sexual relationships with two patients, controlled substance abuse and suspension of hospital privileges. Consent orders are worded to make the doctor think that he is not agreeing to the legitimacy of the charges, but to avoid a complete Medical Board investigation, is often the easy way to get on with life. So I’m not putting a lot of credence into the validity of these charges. However, having those charges on the record—because in a court, a consent order is considered a guilty plea—would explain why Dr. Reifeiss finally caved and pleaded guilty on April 21, 2016.
Dr. Reifeiss’s original charges were conspiracy to distribute schedule II, III and IV controlled substances. The penalties for those charges, if he had chosen to go to trial and lost, could have cost him the following per charge:
Schedule II: up to 20 years’ incarceration and a fine of up to $1 million. Schedule III: up to 10 years’ incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000. Schedule IV: up to 5 years’ incarceration and a possible fine of up to $250,000.
That means a doctor could be looking at spending the rest of his life in prison. In my case, with 172 charges of distribution (one charge per prescription which another doctor ordered) I could have been given a sentence of 1225 years. That shows how serious these charges are, and it’s no wonder that Dr. Reifeiss in the end decided to take a plea. Also, after a year of waiting, it could very well be that he had no more money to pay his defense attorney and was forced monetarily into the plea.
According to the Federal Inmate Locator, there was a Jerry Scott Reifeiss, Register # 29076-009 who was released on 2/26/16. I don’t know if it is the same man. If so, then Dr. Reifeiss was held in prison awaiting his trial. Possibly when he accepted the plea offer, then he had done all the time he was going to receive. If so, that is a good thing that he didn’t have to spend that much time incarcerated. But it is just wrong that doctors willing to treat pain in this country have to go through the embarrassment of having their name, reputation and integrity sullied by government lies and unlawful prosecution.
In any case, if there is any more information available on Dr. Reifeiss’s situation, please send it to me.