Dr Benjamin Moore - "Death Offers Peace":
Letter from Dr. Benjamin Moore concerning the clinic and the rationale for pleading guilty:
No one has to spend time convincing me that Dr. ****** was a drug dealer with a medical license. I know that. I suspected for a long time, and I have plenty of witnesses both in the clinic and doctors around town that I confided in. But I wasn't sure of it until the day he said "no more urine drug screens". That day I told everyone in the clinic including the doctors what I thought.
After that, rather than leaving, I proceeded to undo everything he had done, and he couldn't stop me. I was subtle and effective. I began doing urine drug screens and OxyContin levels on a regular basis. I began terminating suspected drug addicts at a rate of 1000% over my previous rate. These are readily provable by looking at the data I've compiled from the charts themselves.
Was the clinic was a complete fraud? Well from the standpoint that he was a legitimate pain doc, yes. Were the rest of the docs fraudulent? Not a one of them that I knew was there to make a buck off selling drugs. Only ****** was and only in a very clandestine way. As a matter of fact there were a majority of patients that were legitimate. Not that ****** would have cared anyway. It's only the bad ones that get the attention and the headlines.
Was there Medicare/Medicaid fraud? I don't know. I didn't have anything to do with billing. Were ******'s exams fraudulent? Perhaps. How about the rest of the doctor's? I didn't look in the eyes and mouth 100% of the time. If that makes the rest of the exam a fraud then yes. However, the truth is that I did an extensive targeted neurological exam on every patient, every time, witnessed by a chaperone. That exam far exceeds listening to the heart and lungs. My exams were tailored to the chief complaints of herniated discs and the like. I was not the family doc. I wasn't there to treat colds and blisters. I was there to treat intractable pain and try to ascertain the underlying etiology.
Do I understand my attorney's stategy? Yes, I believe I do. I know that the prosecution couldn't care less if I rot in jail the rest of my life. As a matter of fact they might prefer it. But they might be willing to negotiate if I can give them what they want. So, since I'm being extorted by the "legal" system, basically blackmailed, I will admit guilt. But what do I admit guilt to? Medicare/Medicaid fraud? If I'm guilty of it, yes. But no one has shown me that I am. Prescribing drugs illegitimately? Only by mistake, not intentionally. But I would concede that if I had to. Theoretically if the penalty were a mandatory death sentence, then I would rather go to trial. I'm not as afraid of death as I am loss of freedom. Death offers freedom, rest, and hopefully peace. I'd rather live free or die. It's not an uncommon feeling among people. Why do you think we fight wars? But to be incarcerated for life? No, I'd rather say anything they want me to, than to face that. That is a fate that should only be reserved for the worst of the worst. Am I the worst of the worst? Al Capone got 10 years. They're saying I'm worse than Al Capone?
Do I think the prosecutors have honor? Just about as much as ******. They seem just as unconcerned about right and wrong as he does. They seem to be two sides of the same coin. Both are willing to lie, cheat, steal, and kill to get what they want. And as I've said all along two wrongs don't make a right. I've said that since the police assaulted me in June 2000, and I'm saying it now.
If the government wants to end terrorism, it needs to look within its own ranks. That would be a good place to start. We as a nation are terrorizing doctors, and leaving people in pain with nowhere to turn but suicide. And that's precisely what happens to intractable pain patients. At 900% the rate of the general population.