Reality TV Couple Arrested For Prescription Drug Scheme Linked To “Below Deck” Show


A reality TV couple who made appearances on the popular show “Below Deck” is facing serious legal consequences after being accused of involvement in a prescription drug scheme. Dr. Francis Martinis and his wife, Jessica, who were featured as chartered guests on episodes of “Below Deck Mediterranean” and “Below Deck Sailing Yacht,” have been indicted in a Long Island court. They are alleged to have used the names of cast members from the show to obtain prescriptions for opioids in Suffolk County.

Key Takeaway

A reality TV couple from “Below Deck” faces serious legal charges after being accused of involvement in a prescription drug scheme using the names of show cast members. The couple is indicted on felony counts and is scheduled to appear in court in January.

Allegations and Charges

The Suffolk County District Attorney has brought forth serious charges against Francis and Jessica Martinis. They are facing 4 felony counts of criminal sale of a prescription for a controlled substance by a practitioner, as well as 4 felony counts of falsifying business records.

Investigation and Discovery

The alleged scheme came to light in January when Jessica Martinis reportedly attempted to fill a hand-written prescription for oxycodone at a Long Island pharmacy, despite her name not being on the prescription. The pharmacist, recognizing the irregularity, alerted the authorities, leading to an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Details of the Scheme

Authorities claim that the Martinis electronically transmitted multiple prescriptions to pharmacies across Long Island, using the names of former “Below Deck” cast members who did not reside in the area. Jessica Martinis would then allegedly pick up the prescriptions and pay for them with cash.

Legal Consequences

The District Attorney strongly condemned the actions of the couple, stating that their alleged behavior not only violated the oath they took at the beginning of their careers but also the law. The judge has set bail conditions for the Martinis, and they are scheduled to appear in court in January.