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Paul Boccone sentenced: Fake doctor gets 15 years for dealing oxycodone

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A Virginia man who prosecutors say illegally provided drug addicts with hundreds of thousands of doses of oxycodone and prescription pain killers was sentenced to 15 years in prison Friday.

Paul Boccone, a 56-year-old man who owned and served as the president of Chantilly Specialists, was convicted in August of conspiracy to distribute and distributing oxycodone, health care fraud and payroll tax evasion. During the course of his dealings, officials say four of the hundreds of patients he provided pain killers to overdosed and died.

With no medical education or licensing behind him, prosecutors say Boccone hired medical professionals with no background in pain management to endorse prescriptions for the pain killers to addicts.

The investigation into Boccone revealed that about 600 customers received more than 800,000 doses of oxycodone and other pain pills. In one case, a specific addict was provided a staggering 14,400 pills.

In addition to Boccone's sentence, the man who served as the lead nurse practitioner at Chantilly Specialists, 52-year-old Charles Brown Jr., was sentenced to 5 years in prison for his role in the oxycodone distribution.

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