Garland physicians Dr. Leovares Antonio Mendez and Dr. Cesar B. Pena-Rodriguez have both been temporarily suspended without notice, as the Texas Medical Board has decided their practice threatens public welfare.
The U.S. District Court in Dallas issued a temporary restraining order against Mendez and Pena Rodriguez after finding out that they distributed controlled substances through fraudulent prescriptions to law enforcement between May 2017 and March 2018. Between 2014 and 2019, Mendez handed out other false prescriptions for a variety of schedule II, III, IV, and V controlled substances without any medical purpose.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported earlier this month that the U.S. Court complaint said the doctors “fueled and profited from the opioid epidemic” from the fraudulent prescriptions. The restraining order forced the doctors to stop prescribing medicine.
Both doctors are listed as family physicians online for the Cumbre Medical Center in Garland.
The suspensions will remain in place until further action is taken by the TMB.