Brandon woman sentenced to 12 years in prison for operating pill mill

The owner of Family Medical Express Center Inc. in Brandon, Florida received a federal prison sentence of 12 years and 7 months for illegally using her medical clinic as a pill mill. Her co-conspirators handed out prescriptions of almost 6,000 Xanax pills and over 28,000 oxycodone pills.

Yolanda Camara, 49, pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy, drug distribution and lying to federal investigators. Her money judgment ordered by the court as proceeds of her offenses was a total of $124,285.64. This was not her first arrest; she previously committed a grand theft crime.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and the St. Petersburg Police Department investigated the case. Assistant United States Attorney Daniel George took the case to court.

Camara worked alongside her co-conspirators to sell illegal prescriptions to people who came in not needing the medications. In addition, Camara sold prescriptions to people who then sold the drugs per pill on the street.

One of the medical clinic doctors, Anil Sahijwani, wrote prescriptions as directed by Camara for people he had not met or examined as well fictitious people. Dr. Sahijwani was sentenced to federal prison for 3 years and 9 months.

In total, six people were prosecuted in this pill mill case.