A doctor who formerly had a practice in Center Township is now facing a trial on federal drug charges.
Dr. Simmon Lee Wilcox has been charged in federal district court with two counts of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and four counts of possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance. Alleged co-conspirators are also facing additional charges of identification document fraud.
Wilcox’s office in Center Township was raided by US Drug Enforcement agents last February. Another facility operated by Wilcox in St George, Utah, was also raided by federal agents at the time.
Federal prosecutors say Dr. Wilcox distributed Oxycodone and Hydrocodone to fictitious patients between July 15, 2010 and March 15, 2013.
DEA agents say Dr. Wilcox “wrote prescriptions for Oxycontin, Roxicodone, and other narcotics in the name of one of his accomplices and multiple false names. The accomplice fills the prescriptions in his/her own name and used false identities to fill the other prescriptions. The false identification cards were being produced by another accomplice. Once the drugs are obtained, they are sold via the internet and to various drug dealers.”
The agents go on to allege “Dr. Wilcox wrote prescriptions in full knowledge of the aliases and would write up to five prescriptions of Roxicodone at a time under [an informant's] real name and under four to five aliases a month.” That informant alleges they were selling upwards of 400 pills a month for 18 months as part of the alleged scheme. “Dr. Wilcox knew [the informant] did not take the Roxicodone pills and that all of the pills obtained in both his/her real name and the aliases were being illegally distributed for monetary gain.”
Also charged by federal agents were Benjamin Grisel with conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, possession with the intent to distribute, and distribution of a controlled substance; Brenda Grisel with possession with the intent to distribute, and distribution of a controlled substance; Jeron Scott Hales with conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, two counts of identification document fraud, possession with the intent to distribute, and distribution of a controlled substance; Jeremy Daniel Perkins with two counts of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, two counts of possession with the intent to distribute, and distribution of a controlled substance; and Randall David Ayrton with two counts of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, two counts of possession with the intent to distribute, and distribution of a controlled substance.
Court documents state Dr. Wilcox is certified in family practice medicine, but “holds himself out as an expert in addiction, pain management, laser lipo, stem cell therapy and hormone therapy.” One website operated by Wilcox states he is “currently licensed in 7 States and has a pending application in Dubai,” and that he specializes in “rapid drug & alcohol detox.” A Facebook page for Wilcox states he specializes in “sexual dysfunction in men & women.”
An expected five-day trial for Dr. Wilcox is scheduled for June 30th. Each count carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison.