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O.C. Doctor Sentenced for Selling Illegal Prescriptions

The thought of a drug dealer usually brings to mind an image of a street dealer pushing drugs to young kids and adults. Today, that image now includes a licensed doctor distributing drugs from a coffeehouse venue.

An Orange County doctor who often saw patients at Starbucks coffeehouses has agreed to serve at least eight years in federal prison for illegally selling prescriptions for powerful painkillers and other drugs, according to court records.

Alvin Ming-Czech Yee, 44, of Mission Viejo routinely wrote prescriptions for highly abused medications to patients with no legitimate need for them, authorities have alleged in court papers.

Yee was arrested in October 2011 at his Irvine office and was released on bond. He was charged with 56 counts of illegally distributing a controlled substance and was accused of selling prescription for cash after cursory examinations often conducted in coffeehouses and other unusual locales.

At least one patient, a 21-year-old Huntington Beach woman, died of a drug overdose in August 2011 after he prescribed drugs for her, according to a preliminary finding by the Orange County coroner’s office, according to a federal search warrant affidavit. Authorities said Yee met up to a dozen people almost every evening in Starbucks throughout Orange County.

According to an agreement with prosecutors, Yee will plead guilty to seven counts of illegal distribution of a controlled substance by a practitioner and will agree to serve eight to 10 years in prison.

If you or a loved one has been accused of a crime, it is important that you contact an attorney who will fight for your rights and/or try to reduce your sentence. Don Ho is an experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorney in Orange County who can represent you during this difficult time.

Published by Don Ho Law. Don Ho is a criminal defense and employment law attorney in Riverside and Orange County, California.

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