Former doctor convicted for trafficking in oxycodone

For Immediate Release             

May 18, 2012

FORT MYERS – Jurors in Fort Myers recently found former Dr. Ephraim Aguilar guilty on two counts of trafficking in oxycodone and one count of assisting a patient obtain a controlled substance by fraud. The trafficking convictions carry a minimum mandatory sentence of 25-years in prison.  Sentencing is scheduled for June 25, 2012.
Florida Department of Law Enforcement Fort Myers Regional Operations Center began investigating Aguilar in 2007.  Special Agents suspected he was dispensing pills illegally out of his medical practice, Paradise Medical Center, in Lee County. 
The investigation showed that Aguilar prescribed one patient more than 235,000 Roxicodone tablets in a 13-month period.  The patient who obtained the prescriptions, Vaughn Wipf, and the pharmacist who filled the prescriptions, Ahmad Al Haddad, were also arrested with Dr. Aguilar and charged with trafficking.  Their trials are scheduled for July. 
These cases are being prosecuted by the State Attorney’s Office in the 20th Judicial Circuit.
For Further Information Contact:
Gretl Plessinger or Keith Kameg
FDLE Office of Public Information
(850) 410-7001
Samantha Syoen
State Attorney’s Office 20th Judicial Circuit
(239) 533-1100