Wrens doctor accused of selling prescription drugs

By: Diane Cho Email
By: Diane Cho Email

April 10, 2007

WRENS, Ga.---A doctor has been arrested for how he handled prescriptions in Jefferson County. Today marked the end of a four-year investigation of his office on Broad Street in Wrens.

Officers say when patients came in with no legitimate medical problem and asked for a prescription, the doctor would give them the drugs or a prescription, or both, and charge them a higher doctor's fee for their visit.

This family doctor's office has been under the watchful eye of DEA agents for two and a half years now, and watched by the sheriff's office even longer.

Investigators say Dr. In Whan Yoon was not only giving out illegal prescription drugs in his office, but also prescribing them for patients who did not need them.

Most of the patients would walk less than 15 feet away to the Wrens Pharmacy to get them filled.

"There are several families that have called us over the years," said Jefferson County Sheriff Gary Hutchins. "They were concerned with family members who didn't have medical problems, and they were concerned that they were getting prescription medications from somewhere."

After the doctor was carted off to jail, investigators and federal agents brought out box after box filled with prescription medications--so many the agents couldn't turn around fast enough to load the truck with the evidence.

Sheriff Hutchins says there were at least 200 patients involved in the illegal deals.

"Just about anyone who came off the streets, people trying to get on prescription drugs," he said. "They won't get caught as easy as marijuana or cocaine. It was easy access."

Officers say Dr. Yoon was prescribing hydrocodone, a popular painkiller. It has a street value of $10 to $25 a pill.

Anissa Kemp says Dr. Yoon delivered her when she was born. She says despite the accusations, she still respects him and she's not the only one.

Dr Yoon is charged with eight felony counts of unauthorized distribution and dispense of controlled substances. In all he could be faced with 40 years in jail and $25,000 for each count.

Right now it's still unknown if those patients will face any charges.

Investigators say they believe the pharmacy suspected the illegal dealings but was never able to confirm it.

This arrest was a joint operation by multiple agencies from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, the Wrens Police Department, the FBI, the DEA and even the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

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  • by linda Location: hephzibah on Apr 16, 2007 at 10:45 AM
    I have seen this Dr for many years. Everytime I got to his office I get a full evluation and treatment. I have Never been asked for sexual favs and I believe that part to be very UNTRUE! I have seen him turn down many of patients that walk through his door. He is not a qwak! For the ones that know him and actually have medical isssues its just to bad. Now we have to suffer because of dope heads lying!He has never jacked the price for visits for myself and has gone as far as seeing me for free when he knew I didnt have the money. I hope this gets resolved quickly.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 13, 2007 at 08:22 AM
    Many people lied to this doctor to get drugs from him. Since he is a doctor he should have examine them and see what the problem is. He should have been more responsible that. He should have care more for people medical problems and situations.
  • by john Location: wrens on Apr 11, 2007 at 08:11 PM
    dr.yun is a good man who i have seen refuse treatment to people he thought were abusing mane times.if you watch any dr. for 4 years you would find many instances where people lied to get drugs they dont need//i stand behind dr. yun 100 percent
  • by Jo JO on Apr 11, 2007 at 01:10 PM
    So what's new? I thought that was common practice for most doctors,
  • by Anonymous Location: WRENS, GA on Apr 11, 2007 at 12:18 PM
  • by Anonymous on Apr 11, 2007 at 08:00 AM
    that man needs to be put under the jail, he was a qwack
  • by virginia Location: augusta on Apr 11, 2007 at 05:50 AM
    yes i know of alot of people from augusta going there getting this evening teenagers and women can get these meds for exchange for sexual favors
  • by Amy Location: Gibson on Apr 10, 2007 at 06:19 PM
    I have always heard that you could go to Dr. Yum Yum and flash out the green money and he would give you what ever you wanted.
  • by Rob Location: Miami on Apr 10, 2007 at 04:29 PM
    Sorry bout that Sandy. How are ya girl?? 972-816-9658
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