Area Doctor Gets 30 Year Federal Prison Term

FREEPORT, Fla A former Freeport physician, who's pill mill activities landed him in jail, then had him on the run, will be going to prison for the next 30-years.

A federal judge sentenced 58-year old Robert I. Ignasiak, Jr., Tuesday.

Ignasiak pled guilty in October to health care fraud, illegally distributing controlled substances, and failing to appear for trial.

Between 2001 and 2005, Ignasiak prescribed prescription painkillers to patients knowing they were abusing the drugs. Several of them died from overdoses.

In 2008, the federal courts indicted, convicted and sentenced Ignasiak to 24-years in prison and fined him 1-million dollars. The government auctioned-off more than 835-thousand dollars of Ignasiak's seized assets, giving the proceeds to 5-local, state and federal agencies.

But in 2012 an appeals court overturned the conviction and released Ignasiak for retrial.

On October 31st, 2012 Ignasiak faked his own death and fled the area. Coral Springs police found Ignasiak living there in September 2013, using a false name, and handing out leaflets for a pressure washing company.

If he serves the full 30-year, Ignasiak will be 95 when he's released from prison.

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