U.S. lawyer Bridget M. Brennan has announced that Gary Frantz, 69, a Mansfield-area physician at the time of the offense, was sentenced to 46 months in prison and fined $ 10,000 on December 2, 2021 , by Judge Benita. Y. Pearson after Frantz pleaded guilty earlier this year to prescribing strong pain relievers illegally and without medical necessity.
Christopher Fulk, 44, of Mansfield, Ohio, was also sentenced in this case to 30 months in prison. Fulk pleaded guilty in August 2020 to conspiring to distribute and distribute controlled substances, distribution of fentanyl, and distribution of fentanyl and oxycodone.
According to court records, from January 2005 to June 2017, Frantz, a licensed physician in Mansfield, Ohio, distributed prescription pain relievers, such as oxycodone, methadone, hydrocodone and more, which were medically unnecessary and outside the usual professional course. practice to ten people.
Frantz prescribed narcotics to clients he described as “patients,” often prescribing doses that far exceeded the standard of care, and at levels so high that they are typically only seen in wards. operation and end-of-life care. In some cases, family members came to Frantz and expressed concerns that their relatives were taking too much medicine; however, Frantz continued to distribute drugs at excessive levels and in large doses.
Additionally, Frantz distributed excessive amounts of narcotics to people despite knowing they had a history of drug addiction and facing multiple signs of addiction. In some cases, pharmacists have expressed concerns to Frantz about the doses and amounts of pain relievers he was prescribing and that some of his patients were filling prescriptions far too often. Nonetheless, Frantz continued to prescribe these high doses.
Frantz also prescribed large doses of perceptual narcotics to the accused Christopher Fulk, known as a “patient”. Meanwhile, Frantz wrote medically unnecessary prescriptions for excessively large amounts of controlled substances, including oxycodone pills and fentanyl patches, some of which Fulks were later diverted and distributed to others. Fulk has sold thousands of oxycodone tablets and hundreds of fentanyl patches he received from Frantz to various customers in the Mansfield area.
This case has been investigated by the DEA, the METRICH Drug Task Force and the Mansfield Police Department. This case was continued by Deputy US Prosecutors Margaret A. Sweeney and Edward F. Feran.