Agents suspect St. George doc was involved in drug-selling scheme

Published: Thursday, May 30 2013 1:10 p.m. MDT

Dr. Simmon Lee Wilcox is being investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for the illegal distribution of controlled substances, including oxycodone, Lortab, Adderall, Xanax and testosterone, according to an application for a search warrant filed in U.S. District Court Wednesday.

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SALT LAKE CITY — Federal drug enforcement agents are seeking a search warrant in their investigation of a St. George doctor who they believe was writing bogus prescriptions for fictitious patients in order to sell the drugs illegally.

Dr. Simmon Lee Wilcox is being investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for the illegal distribution of controlled substances, including oxycodone, Lortab, Adderall, Xanax and testosterone, according to an application for a search warrant filed in U.S. District Court Wednesday.

Wilcox, who most recently practiced out of an office in St. George, is certified in family practice medicine, "but holds himself out as an expert in addiction, pain management, laser lipo, stem cell therapy and hormone therapy," court documents state.

The federal agents, who have been working with St. George police and the Utah Division of Professional and Occupational Licensing, were informed by a source in April 2012 that Wilcox was writing oxycodone prescriptions to several accomplices who then filled the prescriptions and sold the drugs on the street, according to the court documents. Another source said in May 2013 that Wilcox would write prescriptions for Roxicodone using their actual name as well as multiple aliases.

"Dr. Wilcox wrote prescriptions in full knowledge of the aliases and would write up to five prescriptions of Roxicodone at a time under (the source's) real name and under four to five aliases a month," the affidavit states.

The source gave investigators nine fake identification cards as well as a ledger showing that they had earned more than $50,000 from obtaining the prescriptions and selling the drugs illegally between 2010 through 2012, according to the warrant application. The source reported that they sold the Roxicodone pills in bulk at $10 a pill.

For about 18 months spanning 2011 and 2012, the source said they sold approximately 400 pills a month, court documents state. For a 14-month span between 2012 and 2013, the source said the pills were sold at a rate of 90 to 120 each month.

"(The source) stated that Dr. Wilcox knew he/she did not take the Roxicodone pills and that all of the pills obtained in both his/her real name and the aliases were being illegally distributed for monetary gain," the affidavit states.

The DEA also believes Wilcox created fictitious patient charts and is seeking to search two storage units in St. George and obtain his patient charts involving any patient who was prescribed oxycodone between January 2010 and March 2013. This will help them determine if Wilcox was prescribing the medication without a legitimate medical reason, creating charts for fictional patients and writing prescriptions for fictional persons, according to the application.

Wilcox apparently does not have a DEA registration in Utah and had surrendered his DEA registrations in Nevada and Pennsylvania earlier this month. He closed his St. George office after his lease expired in February, court documents state.

No criminal charges have been filed against Wilcox, according to a search of federal court filings.

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