Four-time Below Deck Primary Charter Guest Dr. Francis “Frank” Martinis and his wife Jessica Martinis were arrested back in May. The couple were caught allegedly impersonating Below Deck crew members to write over a dozen fraudulent prescriptions for oxycodone to illegally obtain the over-the-counter drug.
The couple got caught when handwritten prescription notes Jessica submitted raised suspicions and police were called to investigate. The police investigation found Francis, age 55, and Jessica had used over a dozen fake prescription notes over a two-year period.
According to the Daily Mail, it’s unclear whether the couple were using the bogus prescriptions using the identities of Below Deck crew in order to use the drugs themselves or sell them on the black market. Frank and Jessica appeared in court in Riverhead, Long Island, on Thursday, Dec. 14. The couple were charged with eight counts of criminal sale of controlled substance and falsifying business records.
Former New York Homeland Security Director Michael Balboni told NBC New York how serious the charges are.
“He abused the celebrity position that he had on that ship to take the identities of his crew members — if that is proven — and then use that to buy drugs, that is a common scheme for a common criminal,” Balboni said to NBC.
According to police, Jessica, 38, would pay for the prescription drugs using cash.
Below Deck Charter Guest Dr. Francis Martinis Arrested For Fraudulent Prescriptions Was On Show Four Times
Frank appeared four times on the Bravo’s hit yachting show, twice as a charter guest and friend of Primary Dr. Jennifer Berman’s charters on Below Deck Med seasons 3 and 4, along with Jessica. Frank and his “Long Island bros” got drunk and rambunctious on Below Deck Sailing Yacht season 1. He was the Primary on Below Deck Sailing Yacht season 2, with his wife Jessica joining him on the show again.
Captain Sandy Yawn is friends with Dr. Berman, a urologist like Frank. The reality TV yacht captain also follows Frank on Instagram. Frank and Captain Sandy have hung out together outside the show, too. Frank was even a guest at BravoCon 2022, where he spent time with Captain Sandy. He’s also spent time with Below Deck Med and Below Deck Down Under star Joao Franco. Frank is a urologist based in Long Island.
Frank’s two charters on BDSY his groups left some of the biggest tips on the show. On Below Deck Sailing Yacht season 1, one of his friends inappropriately and repeatedly picked up stewardess Madison Stalker.
As of now it’s unclear which cast members the couple impersonated from the show in order to illegally obtain drugs.
Captain Sandy hasn’t made a public statement about the arrest. Frank and Jessica aren’t the first two appear on the show who’ve been arrested. A dozen current and former Below Deck cast members have been arrested in the past.