Dr. Brian James August, 60, of El Paso, Texas, faces opioid overdose and fraud charges for allegedly prescribing addictive medications to “patients for more than six years, which resulted in the deaths of five people,” according to court records. Prescriptions included hydromorphone, oxycodone, methadone, fentanyl, hydrocodone, and morphine that were made “to patients outside the usual course of medical practice and without legitimate medical purpose,” the indictment claims.
August was indicted on five counts each of “distribution of a controlled substance resulting in death or serious bodily injury, distribution of a controlled substance and health care fraud resulting in death.” Authorities contend he was distributing these between December 2012 to April 2018. The doctor allegedly created fake appointments and filled false prescriptions to clients without medical need, leading to fraud charges. Because of this, five people lost their lives. The 15-count federal grand jury indictment also accused August of committing health care fraud by billing for services he did not perform.