East Bay doctor sentenced for selling opioids in exchange of meth, cash payments

(KRON) — Parto Karimi, a former Bay Area doctor, has been sentenced to a year in federal prison for selling powerful opioids outside her scope of medical practice in exchange for street drugs such as cocaine and methamphetamine, United States Attorney Ismail J. Ramsey and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) said on March 15.

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According to the sentencing, Karimi practiced medicine out of her Alamo home from 2011 to 2022 under the name “Mindful Medicine.” For eleven years, Karimi was authorized to prescribe controlled substances due to her previously working at an East Bay hospital.

The DEA began investigating Karimi after receiving concerning information from the family of one of her former patients who had passed away.

In October 2021, an undercover agent asked for Norco, a combination of amphetamine and hydrocodone, claiming they had leg pain. In her plea agreement, Karimi admits to prescribing over 60 high dose Norco pills without conducting any physical examination nor obtaining any previous medical records.

According to the DEA, Karimi wrote medical prescriptions for opioids in exchange of street drugs including cocaine and methamphetamine, as well as cash payments.

In addition to sentencing Karimi to prison, the judge ordered Karimi to serve three years of supervised release after her year-long prison term is completed. The judge also ordered Karimi to forfeit her California medical license and pay a $4,000 fine.

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