I have a brother who is slowly turning into a junkie. He's planning on shopping for pain meds in Florida (just one clinic tho). He told me how he went a couple months ago. He got an MRI at the place referred by the clinic, expecting to get meds regardless of the analysis (as if the MRI was just procedure, and based on stories I've read, with some crooked places it is -- just to cover the pain clinic's ass).
Anyway, the clinic had recently turned very strict, and he ended up getting turned down by the clinic, because his MRI showed no serious injuries. It probably didn't help that he was 21 and urine showed THC.
He is now planning on trying again at a different clinic. This time, he's gonna first scan the copy of his MRI report, and edit: change the name/address of the MRI center, and change the analysis to look like he has a painful injury. Then just personally handing the report to the pain doc instead of having it faxed.
I was just wondering how risky this scheme is legally. I wouldn't mind him learning a lesson, but also don't want him suffering with a mandatory sentence or something harsh. He told me he's probably going to change the MRI center to a made-up one in a different state, with a non-working phone number, and if asked, tell the doctor it closed or relocated or something. He thinks this way it will be impossible to prove that the MRI report is fake if no center can be reached to verify it. [Legal ramifications?]
What are the possible outcomes of this scheme? Also, If I can't convince him not to go, at the least what should I tell him to certainly avoid [in relevance to consequences, not in assisting of breaking the law]?
Mod edit: This thread is borderline as it is, IMO anyway. Some things in this post were removed to keep it within forum guidelines... Please keep it to legal discussion and not "breaking the law" discussion or it will be closed...