A Brandon doctor, the prescribing physician at several Tampa Bay-area and Miami pain management clinics, faces a maximum of 20 years in federal prison after he was found guilty Thursday of illegally distributing painkillers.
Ronald John Heromin, 58, was among 22 people caught in a federal “pill mill” sweep in 2011.
According to court records, from late 2009 to October 2011, Heromin issued thousands of prescriptions for very large doses of Oxycontin, Oxycodone and Alprazolam to drug addicts and members of doctor shopping organizations who often traveled hundreds of miles from as far away as Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee to obtain the prescriptions.
Court records show the prescriptions were filled at VIP Pharmacy on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Tampa, and the owners and operators of the Tampa Bay Wellness Centre and the VIP Pharmacy have previously been convicted of federal conspiracy and money laundering charges.
As part of the sentence, Heromin must forfeit his medical license and pay back money seized during the investigation, court records show.
He will be sentenced on July 24, court records show.