Second indicted doctor arrested in Florida, Jahani free on bond
A second former Western Colorado doctor indicted by a federal grand jury on prescription fraud allegations was arrested this morning at his home in Florida, authorities said.
Dr. Eric Peper, 53, of Summerland Key, Fla., was placed in custody without incident by agents of Internal Revenue Service criminal investigations division, Drug Enforcement Administration and local law enforcement. Peper was advised this morning in U.S. District Court in Key West, where a judge ordered he be held on a $250,000 surety bond, IRS special agent John Harrison said. The surety bond would allow Peper to walk out of custody if he can put up at least approximately $30,000.
Peper is scheduled for bond hearing later this week in Key West.
Among conditions for posting bond, a judge this morning said Peper will have to surrender his medical license, his DEA registration number and will be allowed to travel only to and from his home in Florida and U.S. District Court in Grand Junction.
Peper has a tentative first appearance date at the Wayne N. Aspinall federal building in Grand Junction at 11 a.m. Aug. 30.
Among additional bond conditions, Peper is restrained from contacting any ex-employee or patient at his former Urgent Care clinics in Grand Junction, Delta and Montrose.
Moreover, Peper was restrained from conducting any international monetary transaction, and cannot create any legal business entity, without prior court approval, Harrison said. Peper must also surrender his passport before posting bond.
Harrison said nearly identical bond conditions were ordered during a court appearance Tuesday afternoon in Beaumont, Texas, for Peper’s former partner, Dr. Sam Jahani, 49, who was arrested Monday night in Texas.
Jahani is free after posting a $100,000 cash bond.
He is scheduled to appear in Grand Junction 11 a.m., Aug. 23.
Both men were named in a 70-count indictment which alleged they committed health care fraud and overprescribed painkillers such as Oxycontin, which resulted in the deaths of four patients.
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