Two physicians, business partner indicted for illegally distributing drugs

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (WDTV) — The U.S. Attorney's Office has announced two Mountain State doctors and a business partner have been indicted by a grand jury on charges of illegally distributing controlled substances.

According to a press release, the three are accused of conspiring with one another to illegally distribute controlled substances from Advance Healthcare, Inc., in Weirton, from 2008 to 2016.

Those charged include 61-year-old Dr. Felix Brizuela, Jr., of Harrison City, Pennsylvania, Dr. George P. Naum, of Wheeling, West Virginia, and Eric Drake, of Weirton.

Brizuela is also facing charges, accused of "distributing oxycodone, oxymorphone, fentanyl and other controlled substances illegally in Monongalia County from 2013 to 2015, and accused of accepting financial kickbacks in exchange for directing urine samples for drug testing to a specific company."

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Office of Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, WV Offices of the Insurance Commissioner Fraud Division, WV Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, Office of Ohio Attorney General Health Care Fraud, Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, the Hancock-Brook-Weirton Drug Task Force, the Greater Harrison County Drug Task Force, West Virginia State Police, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, and the Weirton Police Department are investigating.