Dr. Boris Zigmond

Dr. Boris Zigmond arrested – new indictment unsealed

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Published: 13 August 2017

Posted by: Jeffrey E. Wright

Boris Zigmond, a 49 year old West Bloomfield chiropractor, was arrested last May in Florida and charged with illegally selling prescription drugs on the streets. This man ran the entire operation with help from two others: Dr. Carlos Goody (Farmington Hills) and Dr. Jennifer Franklin (Harrison Township). The 78 year old and 39 year old doctors were also named today when the new indictment was unsealed, along with seven other people. All of them have been charged with illegally distributing prescriptions.
According to prosecutors, Zigmond was the one who was responsible for bringing in fake patients. He was the man behind the scheme. He had them write prescriptions for Roxicodone, which is highly addictive and the generic painkiller Oxycodone. The venture brought in almost $6 million in the span of the last few years, and put 1 million pills on the streets in circulation.
Zigmond is originally from Russia, and used to split his time between South Florida and Michigan. When he was arrested, he was at his wife’s condo in Hollywood. They’re calling this huge fed investigation the ‘operation from Russia with love’. Zigmond and his group had built a network of patient recruiters and marketers, who further provided them with contacts of drug addicts as well as dealers. People easily paid as much as $500 – 600 in cash during a single visit. Evidence and testimonies say that the disgraced doctor used his mother-in-law, wife, mother, friends, father and business associates to hide his growing assets from federal agents.
Law enforcement found and took about $1.5 million from a cardboard box in a storage unit in South Florida. The space was rented under the name of Zigmond’s father. There were reportedly 11 such boxes. The first 10 were empty, and the one at the bottom had the hidden money.
Zigmond’s wife bought a Renaissance condo in Hollywood Beach in 2011, and authorities believe that the money for that came from Zigmond’s illegal activities. The condo cost a total of $558,000. A lien is being filed on the condo.
The chiropractor was arrested initially on preliminary charge of distributing controlled substances. But he will most definitely going to face many more charges in the coming weeks. He is now behind bars at the Broward County Jail, and has been there since Wednesday. It is not clear whether he will contest the charges, as he hasn’t said anything on the matter. However, his lawyer indicated that he would in fact be fighting the charges laid against him. As he was taken outside the courtroom, he was seen trying to comfort members of his family, who were gathered at the hearing. He was wearing dark blue jail scrubs and was also handcuffed when he spoke to his family. His teenage daughter, supporters, wife and parents were present there.
U.S Magistrate Judge Patrick Hunt ruled that Zigmond should be detained as he was a danger to community and a proven flight risk. He will be transferred to Detroit and face federal charges there. The pills he helped sell showed up in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia among other states.
According to Attorney Rosa Rodriguez, Zigmond had stopped seeing patients quite a few years ago. This was when there were some allegations that he had staged an accident and committed insurance fraud. Still, his office in Oak Park (north Detroit suburb) was kept open. He apparently used the office space as the front for his illegal drug distribution organization. It acted as a clearing house of sorts, to keep the operation running smoothly.
In contradiction to this, Zigmond’s own lawyer SedaAktas claimed that the office was a legitimate place and that her client had it running purely as a chiropractic office. Aktas argued that there hasn’t been any indictment yet because what the government says about is untrue. She stated that Boris Zigmond was born in the former Soviet Union, and that he had moved to New York in the 1990s. He had then paid to dissolve his Russian citizenship. Since then, for over 20 years, he has been a naturalized citizen of the United States. Most of the time, he is at Michigan. But he regularly visits his wife in children in Hollywood – at least once a month.
Besides this, law enforcement agencies found around $15,000 in cash when they tracked down one of Zigmond’s recruiters. IRS revealed that they had placed wire taps on Zigmond’s phone as well as those of his associates. That’s how they had found out that the recruiter had just picked up the cash from another recruiter, who was in charge of paying for doctor’s appointments.
However, the defence claimed that the man was only Zigmond’s driver and that the money he had in cash was intended for the purchase of an automobile

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