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.