Oxnard- The Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit—an inter-agency force that brings together detectives and investigators from the Simi Valley Police Department, the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office Bureau of Investigation, and the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office—is tasked with interrupting and preventing the flow of prescription medication and drugs into the illegal street market.
According to Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Assistant Sheriff Gary Pentis, an investigation has been ongoing for the past several months that has involved multiple arrests of individuals charged with selling prescription drugs, all of whom reported to have been personally prescribed the medication by Kiansi Boni, M.D., a 63-year old area physician who advertises his services as the “Oxnard Pain Physician”. Those previously arrested were involved in “sales of powerful opiate medication prescribed by Dr. Boni,” Pentis declared in his report to the media.
The inter-agency investigation came to a head on July 3rd when the Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit served a search warrant on both the home and office of Boni where a substantial amount of cash was discovered. Investigation further revealed that Boni had regularly written hundreds of prescriptions for Methadone, Suboxone, Vicodin, Codeine, and Xanax, in dosages in the tens of thousands, and all without him holding a currently valid medical license. “Boni’s license has been suspended by the State Medical Board for the past year for failure to pay child support,” Pentis reported.
Further investigation into Boni’s medical practice points to the fact that he had commonly written the prescriptions in question without so much as examining patients to adequately determine their need for the medications he was giving them.
Boni was arrested at his home in Oxnard without incident and transported to Ventura County Jail were he was booked on five felony counts of practicing medicine without a license, two counts of felony drug sales, and additional counts of prescribing controlled substances without a legitimate medical purpose. His bail was set at $50,000.
Photo: Courtesy Ventura County Jail Booking
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