SANTA ANA, Calif. (KTLA) -- An Orange County doctor has pleaded not guilty to allegations he made up to $4,000 a night illegally selling prescriptions for dangerous painkillers to people he barely knew at Starbucks cafes.
Alvin Ming-Czech Yee, 43, of Mission Viejo, was arrested Tuesday at his Irvine office DEA agents, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles.
When reached at the couple's home Wednesday night, Yee's wife refused to speak with KTLA.
A 56-count grand jury indictment charges Yee with prescribing drugs, such as oxycodone and hydrocodone, "outside the usual course of professional practice and without a legitimate medical purpose," the release said. Yee also allegedly ran a makeshift clinic out of a Starbucks.
Court documents allege Yee met with numerous "patients," including three undercover operatives, during evening rendezvous at Starbucks across the county and wrote prescriptions for drugs best known by brand names, including OxyContin, Vicodin, Xanax, Adderall and Suxoxone.
Investigators traced the sale of painkillers to people in Seattle, Phoenix and Detroit.
A third of the prescriptions Yee wrote were for people age 25 and younger, prosecutors alleged.
In connection to the case, authorities are investigating the drug overdose death of Krista Davis, a Huntington Beach woman who got prescriptions from Yee.
The document says the Orange County deputy coroner told Huntington Beach investigators he recognized the doctor's name associated with several other overdose deaths he was investigating.
He is due back in court December 20th.
If convicted on all counts, Yee faces up to 20 years in federal prison.
Doctor Accused of Selling Prescription Painkillers at Starbucks
Alvin Ming-Czech Yee, MD (Via Facebook)
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