Dr. Jeremy David Thomas

Dr. Jeremy David Thomas, 42, a Claremore physician, pleaded guilty this week for his involvement in opioid prescription fraud.

United States Attorney Trent Shores reportedly announced that the physician was convicted of drug conspiracies in five separate federal cases.

Thomas was indicted in June on pill-sharing conspiracy charges.

At that time the Progress reported it was the largest health care fraud enforcement action in Department of Justice history as it resulted in 76 doctors facing charges.

According to the DOJ, "As part of the 2018 National Opioid Takedown, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma, Trent Shores, announced the unsealing of five indictments in which Dr. Jeremy Thomas, D.O., 42, and five co-conspirators were charged with drug conspiracies and multiple counts of distribution of Hydrocodone."

Reports show Thomas was employed by Hillcrest Medical Systems as an orthopedic surgeon.

A release from DOJ said each count of drug conspiracy and distribution is punishable by up to 20-years imprisonment and a fine not to exceed $2,000,000.

"Through this scheme of fraudulent prescriptions, the defendants diverted more than 13,740 dosage units of Hydrocodone," DOJ reports.

"This case clearly shows why we must re-double our efforts in the fight against opioid abuse. Opioid addiction is not only damaging to the addict. This epidemic is costing families, careers and lives. Successful law enforcement partnerships are key in this fight," said Rogers County District Attorney Matt Ballard. "I want to commend my chief District Attorney Investigator Wayne Stinett who tirelessly pursued this investigation for eight months alongside our law enforcement partners to make our community a safer place."