Long time Coast doctor Albert Diaz was released from federal prison on Thursday after serving over 60 percent of his sentence in a compound pharmacy scheme.
Diaz had been in prison since March 2nd, 2018 when a federal jury convicted him of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud, fraud, falsifying records to cover up his crimes and distribution of a controlled substance, ketamine, a drug used for sedation.
In June 2018, Starrett sentenced Diaz to three years and six months in prison. In the filings for his release on compassionate grounds, his attorney said his bad health placed him at risk of suffering serious complications if he got COVID-19.
According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Diaz is among over 233 other federal prisoners who have been released due to the coronavirus pandemic.