“Medical professionals who violate their oath and the law put a stain on those in the medical and health industry who work with honesty and dedication to keep us healthy and pain-free. This state and this country have far too big of a problem with the improper and illegal use of addictive opioids to be ignored. Thank you to the law enforcement professionals who are addressing this issue through their investigations.” – CSLEA President Alan Barcelona
SANTA ANA – On May 16, 2022, a former physician assistant at a Fountain Valley medical clinic was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison for conspiring to issue and sell prescriptions for oxycodone, a highly addictive opioid painkiller, without a medical purpose, to drug dealers, knowing the drugs would be sold on the street.
Raif Wadie Iskander, 56, formerly of Ladera Ranch, but who now resides in Ennis, Montana, pleaded guilty in November 2020 to one count of conspiracy to distribute oxycodone.
From 2018 to April 2019, Iskander, who was a licensed physician assistant in California, wrote prescriptions for purported “patients” he had never met or examined. Iskander provided to drug dealers multiple paper prescriptions that he had signed, but with the patient names left blank, to be filled in by drug dealers later.
In exchange for cash, Iskander wrote fraudulent oxycodone prescriptions for co-defendants Johnny Gilbert Alvarez, 42, a.k.a. “M.J.,” of Santa Ana, who sold the prescribed drugs on the street as well as to an undercover officer.
Iskander knew that the oxycodone filled from the prescriptions would be sold to drug customers who were not using the oxycodone for legitimate medical purposes and whom he had never met or examined.
Alvarez pleaded guilty in November 2021 to one count of distribution of methamphetamine and is scheduled to be sentenced on June 13.
The Drug Enforcement Administration, the Costa Mesa Police Department, and the California Department of Health Care Services investigated this matter.