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Pill Mill Kingpin Sentenced

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The kingpin of the pill mills that took over Broward County in recent years - won't be selling anything any time soon. He was sentenced in federal court today and investigative reporter Carmel Cafiero - who first exposed his business - was there.

When these pictures were taken, Chris George was a multi-millionaire. Money made by running pill mills that helped turn South Florida into ground zero for the Oxycodone epidemic.

He is currently locked up on a weapons charge and he may not be out for a very long time.

In federal court in Palm Beach County he was sentenced to seventeen and a half years in prison.

Carmel Cafiero: “We have pictures of people snorting, shooting up in this parking lot after coming out of your clinic, what do you have to say about what's going on here?”

Chris George: “I don't believe you're right.”

Seven News was the first to expose Chris George and his American Pain Clinic.

Authorities say Chris and his twin brother Jeff who operated clinics out of Palm Beach County, took in 40 million dollars and spread 22 million highly addictive Oxycodone pills.

Earlier Jeff George was sentenced to fifteen and a half years.

Carmel Cafiero: “Jeff what are your thoughts on your brother getting a longer sentence?”

Jeff George: “I here to support him that's all.”

Carmel Cafiero: “Well I know but your brother got a longer sentence than you - you brought him into the business, how do you feel about that?”

Jeff George: “I’m not - it wasn't my decision.”

Carmel Cafiero: “It wasn't your decision to bring him into the business? Aren't you feeling guilty about that at all?”

Jeff George: “I'm just here to support him, that's all.”

He is due to surrender at the end of April.

Chris George's attorney, Fred Haddad, “they said he had the largest pill mill in the history of the country. So - you know - I think the judge's observation in the prior sentencing that all of this would not be possible without the doctors being involved is something that should have been considered.”

And doctors are paying the price too. Roni Drezer was sentenced to five years.

Carmel Cafiero: “How can you justify giving out a million Oxycodone pills to people. How concerned are you about the damage that you did. Don't touch the camera! Don't touch the camera!”

Prosecutors say he was a prolific pill writer at American Pain. Also sentenced - Ethan Baumhoff - who was Chris George's office manager. The former police officer got eleven years after asking the court for forgiveness.

Authorities have connected dozens of deaths to the George clinics. But there's no way to put a number on the lives and families torn apart by addiction.

Carmel Cafiero 7-News.

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