former Tennessee clinic owner convicted of distributing opioids | takeover bid

ByDonald L. Leech

Jan 21, 2022

A former nurse practitioner and clinic owner was sentenced today in the Eastern District of Tennessee to 14 years in prison for illegally distributing prescription opioid pills to his patients.

Mark Daniel Allen, 64, of Venice, Florida, was convicted of six counts of unlawfully distributing controlled substances not for legitimate medical purposes outside the scope of professional practice and a count of maintaining drug-related premises after a three-day trial on September 1, 2021.

According to evidence presented at trial, Allen illegally prescribed approximately 15,000 opioid pills to three women he had sex with and a male patient who later died.

Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; U.S. Attorney Francis M. Hamilton III for the Eastern District of Tennessee; Special Agent in Charge Joseph Carrico of the FBI Field Office in Knoxville; Special Agent in Charge Tamala Miles of the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General (HHS-OIG); and Director David Rausch of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) made the announcement.

The FBI, HHS-OIG, TBI, Manchester Police Department and Coffee County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case.

Trial Attorney Emily Petro of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney James Brooks of the Eastern District of Tennessee prosecuted the case.