Two Melrose Park Physicians Indicted For Narcotics, Health Care Fraud

Sunday, August 1, 2021 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews 

Two physicians who practiced in Melrose Park have been indicted on federal criminal charges for allegedly prescribing opioids to people who didn’t have any legitimate medical need for the drugs, the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Northern District of Illinois announced in a statement released July 27. 

Stanley David Demorest and Nicholas Recchia were each charged with “conspiracy to dispense controlled substances outside the usual course of professional practice and without a legitimate medical purpose,” the U.S. Attorney’s office explained in the statement.

“The pair also face individual counts of health care fraud and unlawful dispensing of controlled substances,” the U.S. Attorney’s office added.

According to the indictment, which was announced by John R. Lausch Jr., the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, Demorest managed Demorest Consultants LLC, a medical practice based in the Professional Office Building at 1111 Superior St. in Melrose Park. The building is on the campus of the former Westlake Hospital, which closed in 2019. Recchia was employed at Demorest Consultants as a physician. 

“From 2015 to 2020, Demorest and Recchia agreed to dispense hydrocodone, oxycodone, fentanyl, and other controlled substances to various individuals who visited Demorest Consultants but received no meaningful physical examination or medical tests, and whom Demorest and Recchia knew had no legitimate medical need for the drugs,” the U.S. Attorney explained in a summary of the the indictment, which was returned in court on July 26. 

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The Professional Office Building at at 1111 Superior St. in Melrose Park, where Demorest Consultants LLC was based. | Google Earth 

“Demorest, who in 2015 voluntarily surrendered his DEA Registration Number and lost his ability to lawfully prescribe controlled substances, used Recchia’s name and DEA Registration Number to issue prescriptions for controlled substances to patients, the charges allege,” the U.S. Attorney said. 

Demorest, 65, of Bloomingdale, and Recchia, 62, of River Grove, also allegedly prompted pharmacies to “submit numerous claims to Medicare and Medicaid seeking payment for the improper prescriptions, the indictment states.”

 Arraignments in federal court in Chicago for the two physicians were not scheduled as of July 27.

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