On April 2, 2014, a judge in Los Angeles decided there is enough evidence to proceed with a trial in the case of Los Angeles-area doctor John Dimowo, 55.
When undercover agents with the Medical Board of California went into a pain management clinic in Wilmington between March 2012 and March 2013, they allege Dr. Dimowo, a pain management specialist, prescribed potent narcotics without conducting a proper examination and without a legitimate medical need. The undercover agents received prescriptions for Adderall, hydrocodone and alprazolam.
"The abuse of potent, prescription drugs is rampant in California and the country," said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona. "Agents within the Medical Board of California are committed to tracking down, investigating and arresting those physicians who are, unnecessarily and illegally, putting people on a path of destruction. Prescription drug abuse ruins families, ruins lives and harms communities as a whole."
Dimowo was ordered to stand trial by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge M.L. Villar de Longoria following a two-day preliminary hearing. He is due back in court April 16 for arraignment. If convicted, Dimowo faces up to seven years, eight months in custody.