April 1, 2020  Last Update: November 12, 2019, 4:01 pm

Drug Dealer Sues Prescribing Doctor for $43 Million

Dr. Michael Dobish & Lionel "Beans" Sease

An admitted drug dealer with prior convictions for third-degree murder, armed robbery, theft, and illegal prescription drug distribution is suing his prescribing doctor for $43 million. He claims a prescription drug addiction ruined his life, and the doctor should have known better.

Lionel ‘Beans’ Sease’s lawsuit claims his addiction to prescription pills made him “dysfunctional and engage in bizarre, uncivil and harmful behavior” and claims the drugs caused “irreparable loss” to his “mental stability and emotional well-being.” Pain pills like oxycodone (Oxycontin), Fentanuyl, Percoset, and “Roxi”.

What are the details? Prosecutors allege that Dr. Michael Dobish wrote Sease prescriptions for “massive quantities” of Oxycontin; over 9,500 pills in six months. That’s 48 pills per day, a potentially fatal dose. Sease told DEA agents he used some of the drugs and sold the rest on the street for $25 to $50 each, depending on the dosage.

The doctor’s phony prescriptions allegedly scammed Medicaid out of $74,000. DEA agents estimated that Sease stood to make $535,000 from reselling the pills on the streets.

But this may not be your typical case of a doctor scamming Medicaid to get some extra cash. Patient Sease told DEA agents that he paid Dr. Dobish $300 to $800 for every prescription  written- an allegation Dr. Dobish denies. Investigators didn’t find any conclusive evidence suggesting the doctor received payments, or that he wrote prescriptions for anyone other than Sease.

“We don’t know the exact reason why he did this,” said Senior Deputy Attorney General Heather Albright. “A doctor who’d risk his medical license for nothing in return? There’s gotta be more to it…”

...Dobish was Sease’s landlord. Sease allegedly paid Dobish cash in exchange for the prescriptions - often referring to the payments as "rent."

One possibility is Dr. Dobish felt threatened by Sease. The Attorney General’s affidavit said Dobish tried to cut ties with Sease on multiple occasions but never could. One pharmacist described Sease as “belligerent” and said he threatened her when she wouldn’t fill his prescription.

Law enforcement officials and lawyers for both men aren’t saying much, so it’s unclear if Dobish is telling the truth or using Sease’s violent tendencies as a cover-up for his own indiscretions. Just the same, it’s unclear if Sease really is a victim of medical malpractice or if he’s using the doctor as a convenient scapegoat.

This is a bizarre but interesting twist on pill mills and a drug dealer getting high on his own supply. With this big money involved, pockets are deep enough to justify lawyers. Pieced together from numerous stories in the ref box below.

  • http://www.pennlive.com/newsflash/index.ssf/story/admitted-drug-dealer-sues-doctor-who-prescribed-painkillers/9a0094cb5a5444b79bb5eeb6296be419
  • http://www.attorneygeneral.gov/press.aspx?id=5174
  • http://www.allbusiness.com/crime-law-enforcement-corrections/law-narcotics/14214475-1.html
  • http://www.pharmacychoice.com/News/article.cfm?Article_ID=557998


  1. Katie Kablam! says:

    I just want to speak on the good doctor’s behalf. I know this may come a bit late – but it’s hard for me to read something like this knowing what kind of a good person he is – and an amazing doctor. He had been my doctor since I was a little girl. He had seen me through some very difficult times during my childhood and adolescence. He also had a genuinely caring bedside manner – which seems to be lost these days in the world of medicine. I suffer from an acute anxiety disorder and am still prescribed medication for it. The same medication he prescribed me. This man never threw pills at me. He would see me on a regular basis and he would always take note of my anxiety levels, how I was feeling, etc. I’ve been to psychiatrists who spend a fraction of the time he took for my appointments, ask fewer questions (literally like one or two questions), and throw more pills at me than you could shake a stick at. Often times I was misdiagnosed by these very doctors – one time even receiving a prescription for a medication to try that was said to “have no known side effects” – until it started causing liver and kidney failure in enough patients that it was yanked from the market only months later. It’s hard for me to see a good man with an otherwise great track record like Dr. Dobish have his name and reputation dragged through the dirt because he made one mistake – and instead of investigating what would drive a man of his caliber to make such a questionable judgment call – there are actually people out there within the system who would entertain the lies and pathetic victim routine of a man who is obviously a career criminal and con artist. That sickens me. I’m sure Sease had a charmed life and a squeaky clean record before he became a slave to painkiller addiction.. Right….??

  2. Doctors should not be put on a pedistal, yes they have trained for years but they are fallable just like the rest of us.

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