Metairie doctor changes plea in federal case against him

Metairie doctor changes plea in federal case against him

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Dr. Shannon Ceasar pleaded guilty today to operating a pill mill, threatening federal agents and committing health care fraud.

Acting U.S. Attorney Duane Evans announced Ceasar pleaded guilty to three counts of a superseding bill of information.

Ceasar is a physician and former co-owner and operator of Gulf South Physician's Group in Metairie.

According to court documents, Ceasar pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone, a schedule II narcotic to people without a legitimate medical need in exchange for a flat fee.

Ceasar also pleaded guilty to threatening to kill or assault federal law enforcement officers, in particular officers with the Drug Enforcement Administration.
During the investigation and with the help of a confidential source, the feds say Ceasar was recorded saying, "I have a {expletive} arsenal in there enough to supply a small militia, you know I collect guns, I swear to God if they come in there with a warrant, I'm going to kill every single one of those {expletive."}

The last count the Metairie doctor pleaded guilty to was committing and attempting to commit health care fraud. Federal prosecutors say health care benefit programs lost approximately $150,000 because Ceasar knowingly and fraudulently issued prescriptions for Schedule II, III and IV narcotics.

Dr. Shannon Ceasar will be sentenced July 26, 2017.

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