WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A doctor who worked at St. Mary's Medical Center was sentenced Friday to 6 1/2 years in prison for his role in a massive illicit prescription drug network organized by Wellington twins Jeff and Chris George.
Fatigue pushed Dr. Beau Boshers, 48, to accept a job at one of the brothers' so-called pain clinics, his wife wrote U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra.
Having graduated from medical school in his 40s, Boshers didn't have the stamina to be a doctor at the hospital, wrote his wife Deborah Bennett Boshers.
"Nights, weekends, 24 hours at a time," she wrote of his schedule. "It was very stressful for someone 45 years old, not 30 like others in the group."
When he went to work at the clinic in Fort Lauderdale, life was good. He worked just a day or two a week, she said. And, she added, the pay was good.
Although Boshers only worked sporadically, he was busy, federal prosecutors said. He wrote prescriptions for more than 3.6 million pills of oxycodone and other powerful narcotics without checking to see if there was any medical justification for them, they said.
Boshers, who moved from Jupiter to Georgia after his indictment in August, is among 14 doctors and 32 people overall who were charged in connection with the multi-million-dollar operation in Palm Beach and Broward counties that is blamed for more than 50 deaths. Twenty-six have been sentenced. Like 10 other doctors, Boshers pleaded guilty to money laundering instead of more serious drug distribution charges.
Also on Friday, Zachary Horsley, 25, of Royal Palm Beach, was sentenced to five months in prison on one count of racketeering conspiracy.
In a surprise move Friday, an attorney for Dr. Joseph Castonuovo, 72, of Key Largo, told Marra his client had decided not to accept the plea deal he had agreed to last week.
Castronuovo and former Parkland Dr. Cynthia Cadet, who now lives in Ocala, are to be tried in August. Dr. Gerald Klein, 77, of Palm Beach Gardens, is awaiting trial on a first-degree murder charge in state court. Two elderly doctors died after they were indicted.
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