CANTON, Ohio– A Stark County doctor was sentenced on Friday for running a pill mill.
Frank Lazzerini, 41, of Barberton, was convicted on 187 counts, including involuntary manslaughter, aggravated trafficking in drugs, Medicaid fraud and grand theft.
He received 113 years in prison with 22 years mandatory. He also was ordered to surrender his medical license and pay more than $71,000 in restitution to Medicaid.
“It is designed to deter anyone from abusing the trust given to them by patients in need,” said Stark County Common Pleas Judge Kristin Farmer. “While this court does not blame you entirely for the opioid epidemic that faces this county, I do blame you for the personal epidemics of each of your clients.”
Lazzerini, a physician at Premier Family Practice in Massillon, prescribed opioids and other drugs without a medical reason, according to the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy.
Investigators said those prescriptions resulted in the death of 38-year-old Jamie Hayhurst in 2014.
Lazzerini’s attorney said they plan to appeal the verdict and sentence.