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Doctor, woman face additional charges in ‘pill mill’ case — UPDATE

Revised on: 07.2.2018 at 03:42 p.m.

Posted on: 07.2.2018 at 12:57 p.m.

Posted July 2, 2018

More charges have been added to the laundry list of counts facing a Tabor City doctor and his office manager.

Dr. Jong Whan Kim and Tammy Thompson were arrested Friday after agents from the sheriff’s office raided Kim’s Tabor City practice. Sheriff Lewis Hatcher said Kim’s office was a front for a “pill mill,” where addicts could buy prescriptions for opiates.

At their arraignment Monday, District Attorney Jon David said Kim and Thompson’s drug business saw an average of 80 clients per day since opening in December. It was estimated that they moved 9,600 pills or more through the office every day, raking in $16,000 a day in revenue.

“That’s $3,350,000 and 1.7 million pills in six months,” David said.

A first appearance  for both suspects was held Monday at the Columbus County Courthouse.

Tammy Thompson

The extra charges filed Monday against Thompson include seven counts of selling a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school; two counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver opiates; one count each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver opiates and marijuana; felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana and opiates; and four counts of trafficking opiates. Her bond was raised to $3.54 million.

Kim was served with additional charges including four counts of trafficking opiates; two of selling a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school; two more felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver opiates; one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana; an another felony count of possession with intent to sell and deliver prescription drugs. His bond remained at $5.58 million.

 

David said a meeting has been scheduled with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, attorneys for the N.C. Medical Board and local prosecutors to determine if federal authorities will take over the case.

See tomorrow’s print edition of the NR for a full wrap-up.

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