Former San Antonio doctor convicted of conspiring to dispense controlled substances illegally

Court documents showed that the former doctor admitted to unlawfully and fraudulently issuing “more than 500 prescriptions for more than 40,000 dosage units.”

SAN ANTONIO — A former San Antonio doctor was sentenced to 30 months in prison for conspiring with others to give out controlled substances without legitimate medical purposes.

Court documents say that 48-year-old Paul Silva admitted to unlawfully and fraudulently issuing “more than 500 prescriptions for more than 40,000 dosage units of controlled substances, primarily opioids, in the names of living and deceased family members, former patients and others, after his medical license expired and then was suspended.”

Silva had co-conspirators, Denton Thomas and Nicholas Klumpp, who picked up the prescription medications and distributed them to people who were not legitimate patients of the doctor. Both Thomas and Klumpp pleaded guilty to the related charges.

“Despite losing his medical privileges in the State of Texas, Silva continued to prescribe hundreds of highly addictive prescription pills to himself and fictitious patients, further fueling the opioid problem facing our country,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Daniel C. Comeaux of the Houston Division. “Our collaborative efforts will continue to hold those who hurt our communities by defrauding the system accountable.”

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