Doctor accused of prescribing drugs at Starbucks

October 26, 2011 9:02:18 PM PDT
A Southern California doctor has been indicted on charges of illegally prescribing drugs to so-called patients at nightly meetings in Starbucks stores.

Federal prosecutors say 43-year-old Alvin Mingczech Yee was arrested Tuesday night at his office in Irvine and is due in court on Wednesday.

Prosecutors say Yee saw up to a dozen patients nightly at Starbucks coffee stores across suburban Orange County at meetings that cost up to $600. Prosecutors say Yee barely examined them but prescribed drugs including OxyContin and Vicodin.

Prosecutors say a federal grand jury indicted Yee on 50 counts of illegal distribution of a controlled substance and six counts of illegal distribution to a minor, which under federal law is under age 21.

Yee's lawyer, Shepard Kopp, says his client maintains he committed no crime.

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