A doctor in Pinellas Park was arrested this week for allegedly selling over 550 illegitimate prescriptions to patients. According to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s office, deputies opened up an investigation on Dr. Neelam Uppal after receiving a tip about fake prescriptions being sold out of her home and her business in Clearwater.
According to detectives, Uppal sold over five hundred and fifty (550) Promethazine Codeine Syrup prescriptions and hundreds of Oxycodone prescriptions. Detectives say Dr. Uppal has been preying on drug addicts for several years.
During the investigation, she wrote prescriptions to undercover cops without ever examining or speaking to them. Detectives then paid $650 cash for prescriptions for Codeine Syrup and $450 cash for a of Oxycodone. On Tuesday the sheriff’s office served a search warrant at Uppal’s house and office and found:
Patient records and documents
$1,906,483.00 in US Currency
Gold bars and jewelry valued at approximately $175,000
She was charged with trafficking codeine and oxycodone. [Source IONTB]