MOUNT HOLLY, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - A Mount Holly doctor is accused of trading pain pills in exchange for sex acts.
According to federal court documents obtained by FOX 46, Dr. Michael Alson Smith illegally distributed drugs to female patients whom he treated for pain management and /or substance abuse from about January 2017 to October 2017.
Federal court documents also accuse Smith of submitting fraudulent claims to Medicare and Medicaid.
Smith was the owner/operator and sole doctor of Mt. Holly Family Practice, Inc. in Mount Holly, NC. The family practitioner received approval from the Drug Enforcement Administration to operate office-based opioid treatment from his practice.
The documents allege that through coercion, Smith began to solicit sexual encounters from at least seven female patients, which included unwanted touching, oral sex, vaginal sex, and anal sex. In exchange, Smith reportedly prescribed Schedule II, III, IV controlled substances. These visits were billed through Medicare and Medicaid.
In one of the alleged instances, Smith received oral sex with a patient while her 3-year-old daughter was present in the exam room. In a second instance with the same woman, Smith engaged in oral and vaginal sex while the woman's 3-month-old son was present in the exam room. In both cases, sexual favors were exchanged for prescription pain medication.
In a third alleged incident, the patient initially refused Smith's solicitation, but agreed after he threatened to stop treating her. The two engaged in sex on multiple occasions in exchange for prescription medication without any medical examination, the documents state.
Smith faces charges of drug distribution, health care fraud, and aggravated identity theft.