In a startling turn of events, Dr. Francis Martinis, renowned Below Deck reality TV star and urologist, along with his wife Jessica, have been arrested on charges related to an illicit prescription pill scheme. The couple, known for their appearances on “Below Deck Mediterranean” and “Below Deck Sailing Yacht,” now find themselves entangled in legal troubles surrounding the alleged impersonation of cast members for the acquisition of controlled substances.
The duo, arraigned in December, faces charges of criminal sale of a prescription for a controlled substance and falsifying business records. Prosecutors allege that Dr. Martinis, 55, sent oxycodone prescriptions to pharmacies using the names of fellow “Below Deck” cast members, while Jessica, 38, purportedly picked up the drugs and paid in cash. The charges emerged after Jessica attempted to fill a prescription in someone else’s name in January 2023, prompting an investigation that uncovered multiple fake prescriptions written by Dr. Martinis, none intended for the named individuals. The couple has pleaded not guilty.
The case sheds light on the unexpected involvement of a doctor in an illicit drug diversion scheme. Prosecutors claim that the Martinises impersonated cast members to obtain prescription painkillers illegally. The couple’s attorney, Peter Crusco, has labeled the charges as baseless, emphasizing the innocence of his clients. As the case proceeds to court, the Martinises aim to clear their names, denying any wrongdoing in this peculiar episode connected to the world of reality TV.
“Below Deck,” a popular American reality TV series airing on Bravo since 2013, provides a glimpse into the lives of crew members on a luxurious superyacht during charter season. The show, now in its 10th season, captures the challenges and dynamics among the crew as they cater to the needs of high-profile guests. Produced by companies like 51 Minds Entertainment and Endemol, the series has become a success, with 154 episodes to date and several spin-offs, including “Below Deck Mediterranean,” “Below Deck Sailing Yacht,” “Below Deck Down Under,” and “Below Deck Adventure.”
The arrest of Dr. Francis Martinis and his wife Jessica adds an unexpected layer of controversy to the “Below Deck” franchise, raising questions about the challenges faced by reality TV stars beyond the show’s regular dynamics. As the legal proceedings unfold, the couple aims to navigate the storm and prove their innocence in a case that has brought the world of luxury chartering and the dark side of prescription pill schemes into the spotlight.