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Man who recruited patients from Narcotics Anonymous to buy Oxycodone at Portland ‘pill mill’ gets 9 years in – OregonLive

Osasuyi Kenneth Idumwonyi , 56, of Houston, who ran the Fusion Wellness Clinic in Portland, was sentenced Monday to nine years in federal prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute or dispense Oxycodone.
A Texas man who helped run an illegal pill mill in Portland, recruiting some customers from Narcotics Anonymous meetings and others from a homeless shelter, was sentenced Monday to nine years in federal prison.
Osasuyi Kenneth Idumwonyi , 56, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute or dispense Oxycodone.
Idumwonyi, along with nurse practitioner and co-conspirator Julie DeMille, opened the Fusion Wellness Clinic across from the Multnomah County probation office at 1320 S.E. 122nd Avenue in January 2015. Patients initially paid only cash, $200 a visit. The clinic quickly grew out of that space and moved to a larger office at 2442 N.E. 101st Ave. in April 2015, operating there until the two were arrested in July 2016.
Prosecutors urged a stiffer sentence for Idumwonyi, noting he had engaged in similar behavior for two years in Houston before joining DeMille in running the Portland clinic. DeMille was sentenced in March to four years in prison.
“Your behavior in this case is reprehensible,’’ U.S. District Judge Robert E. Jones told Idumwonyi. “The fact that you preyed on these hopeless, helpless people is just terrible. The Oxycodone distribution is a killer.’’
The clinic had no business bank account, never issued checks to employees and didn’t report wages to state or federal authorities, according to prosecutors.
Idumwonyi also extorted pills from the clinic’s own patients, acquiring hundreds of the Oxycodone pills to feed his girlfriend’s opioid addiction, according to the government. His girlfriend needed hundreds of milligrams of the pill a day to stave off withdrawal symptoms.
He bought pills from at least 15 patients of the clinic, sometimes by waiving their $200 appointment fee in exchange for receiving the drug, and other times by paying the patients for each pill received, according to prosecutors. Idumwonyi occasionally asked DeMille to increase the doses and quantities of drugs for certain patients, especially those from whom he was secretly acquiring pills.
Idumwonyi had previously recruited DeMille to work with him in Texas, and when DeMille moved to Oregon, she recruited him to assist her. He remained in Houston, commuting to Portland each week.
Osasuyi Kenneth Idumwonyi, 56, must turn himself in to U.S. Marshals Service on July 8 to start serving a nine-year federal prison term.
"Idumwonyi’s misuse of his position as manager of the (Fusion Wellness Clinic) to buy pills or, in some cases, extort patients into giving him a portion of their pills also distinguishes him from DeMille,’’ Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Ratcliffe told the court in a sentencing memo.
Idumwonyi, dressed in a dark suit, said he recognizes now that he could have used “better judgment.’’ He said he was led astray by his desire to try to help his former girlfriend.
“I just want to apologize for this whole situation,’’ he told the judge.
Under a plea deal, Idumwonyi’s defense lawyer Lynne Morgan supported the nine-year sentence. Idumwonyi also was ordered to pay $294,000 in restitution, the amount investigators traced in illegal proceeds to Idumwonyi’s bank accounts.
Idumwonyi had one prior conviction in Texas in 2000 for selling stolen computers.
DeMille, 60, was sentenced two months ago and ordered to pay $43,126.00 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service. She became Oregon’s first medical professional to face federal sentencing for unlawfully prescribing opioids.
One of the patients told investigators that going to the clinic was “like getting food stamps” because it meant he’d be getting money from selling a portion of his pills and getting high from using the others, according to Ratcliffe.
The judge was prepared to order Idumwonyi to be taken into custody Monday, but his defense lawyer, with the Ratcliffe’s support, urged that he be allowed to surrender to prison in Texas.
The judge agreed, ordering Idumwonyi to turn himself in to the U.S. Marshals Service in Houston by 2 p.m. on July 8.
Idumwonyi is one of 22 defendants linked to the case. Beside DeMille and Idumwonyi, the only other defendant to receive prison time is Ruben Lewis, who was sentenced to three years and 10 months in prison. Most of the other defendants, considered low-level drug runners or addicts, received either probation, diversion or had their cases dismissed, according to court records.
— Maxine Bernstein
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