Dayton doctor sentenced for illegally distributing opioids

Miami Valley News

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A Dayton doctor was sentenced to two years in prison Monday for his role in illegally distributing opioids.

Morris Brown, M.D., 73, of Dayton, pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful distribution of controlled substances on Feb. 21, 2020, according to a release.

Brown was charged in an April 2019 indictment along with four others: 

  • 50-year-old Ismail Abuhanieh, of Phoenix, Arizona
  • 44-year-old Mahmoud Elmiari, of Bellbrook
  • 48-year-old Yohannes Tinsae, of Beavercreek
  • 50-year-old Mahmoud Rifai, of Detroit, Michigan

All four were charged for their roles in agreeing to obtain controlled substances by fraud or misrepresentation for Dayton Pharmacy, which leased space in a building owned by Brown.

Abuhanieh, Elmiari and Tinsae have been sentenced after entering guilty pleas. An active arrest warrant is out for Rifai.

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