An undercover investigation resulted in the arrest of Dr. Gerard Goyle and his assistant Wilfred Arvizo, of A Better Weigh weight loss clinic in Redondo Beach, an area in California’s South Bay.
After receiving a tip, local law enforcement began to look into the dealings of Dr. Goyle and his weight loss clinic. After learning that the DEA had also received tips citing similar accusations, the Redondo Beach police partnered with the DEA to conduct an undercover sting operation.
During the operation, an undercover officer purchased several thousand dollars worth of Vicodin and Norco, both powerful prescription drugs, from Goyle at the clinic.
According to reports, the undercover officer stated that, during his visits to the clinic, he received no medical evaluation nor was he given any paperwork to fill out.
According to Redondo Beach Police sergeant Jon Naylor “The clinic has been around for several years. At some point, the doctor got away from selling just weight loss medication.”
Both the doctor and his assistant were released on bail and are due back in court tomorrow, July 16, 2014. While it is believed that neither suspect has a prior criminal record, it has been noted that Dr. Goyle received a public reprimand from the Medical Board of California for his failure to keep proper medical records and for prescribing medications to patients without first administering proper evaluations. It’s likely that it was after the public reprimand that Dr. Goyle decided to start selling prescription painkillers on the side to avoid further attention.
Apparently, he failed to do so.
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