Altadena doctor imprisoned on drug charges surrenders medical license
An Altadena family doctor currently serving federal prison time for a drug conviction was forced to surrender her medical license by the state medical board Wednesday.
Dr. Monique B. Williams, 44, had been accused of 10 disciplinary violations, including prescribing dangerous drugs without an appropriate prior exam and medical indication; repeated acts of excessive prescribing, furnishing, dispensing or administering drugs; gross and repeated negligence; excessive use of alcohol or drugs and violation of federal or state drug laws.
Williams graduated in 1993 from the State University of New York Health Science Center, was licensed in 1995 and worked as a family doctor and obstetrician.
The medical board's accusation lays out investigators' findings:
An anonymous complaint in October 2005 alleged Williams was over-prescribing pain medications and abusing both prescription and illegal drugs.
Tipsters later told investigators that Williams wrote unnecessary Vicodin prescriptions, keeping some of the painkiller for herself, and that she had traded Viagra to a drug dealer for cocaine, according to the accusation.
In November 2005, medical board officials discovered Williams was already under investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Irvine police for writing unnecessary pain medication prescriptions.
Confidential federal sources posed as patients and allegedly bought prescription drugs from Williams on five occasions between April 2006 and December 2007, including Oxycontin, Vicodin and Xanax.
A search of the apartment Williams shared with her daughter in March 2008 turned up cocaine, crack pipes and other drug paraphernalia and hundreds of prescriptions receipts for controlled substances, mostly Oxycontin and oxycodone. Williams later admitted at an April 2008 court hearing that she was a recovering cocaine addict.
Williams pleaded guilty in November 2008 to distributing a controlled substance. She was sentenced to three years in prison in August 2009 and remains in federal custody, according to her attorney, Melissa A. Weinberger.
Weinberger declined further comment.
The medical board ordered Williams to surrender her license Jan. 26, and the decision took effect Wednesday.
-- Molly Hennessy-Fiske