(WXIA) -- Two Florida men have been sentenced to 15 years each in federal prison for operating a pill mill in metro Atlanta.
Jason Cole Votrobek and Roland Rafael Castellanos were convicted in March. The defendants ran Atlanta Medical Group in Cartersville, where pain pills were prescribed in a non-legitimate medical practice.
Prosecutors said Votrobek, 30, and Castellanos, 34, financed and operated the clinic with 35-year-old Jesse Violante. They worked to obtain and distribute Oxycodone, and persuaded the clinic's physician, 64-year-old Dr. James Chapman, to see as many patients as possible. In 2011, the clinic was one of the nation's top 15 purchasers of Oxycodone.
According to information presented in federal court, more than 98 percent of Atlanta Medical Group's patients were prescription drug addicts who traveled to Georgia from other states, mainly Tennessee and Kentucky.