Oklahoma Doctors Charged With Illegal Drug Distribution After 5 Patient Deaths

By Mark Liu, NTD Houston
June 30, 2018 Last Updated: June 30, 2018

Two Oklahoma doctors,  Dr. Melvin Robison and Dr. Moheb Hallaba of Sayre were charged for the overdose deaths of five of their patients.

They have been arraigned in federal court.

“From September of 2015 to April 2017, both doctors are alleged to have signed hundreds of prescriptions per week without reviewing patient files or even seen the patients,” Acting U.S. Attorney Bob Troester said. “Prescriptions that included large amounts of opioids such as oxycodone, OxyContin, hydrocodone, morphine, and fentynal — those prescriptions written concurrently were prescriptions for benzodiazepines such as Xanax and Valium.”

Robison and Hallaba both face 54 counts of illegally distributing prescription drugs.

“If convicted, each defendant faces up to 20 years for each count alleging illegal distribution of controlled substances,” said Troester. “Not less than 20 years and up to life on each of the five counts of distribution alleged to have resulted in the deaths.”

Judy Bruner lives in Sayre, and she has friends who were treated by Robison.

“They liked the idea of seeing him, because any time they needed pain medicine they were allowed to get it. Anytime they wanted it, they came down, saw him, he handed it to them,” Bruner said. “I’ve heard a lot of stories about Melvin, how he got real bad with medication.”

Robison is represented by Sandy Coats, former U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma and Hallaba is represented by Tom Snyder with the Christiansen Law Group.

A trial is scheduled for Aug 14, 2018.