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Seattle doctor faces charges in prescription drugs-for-sex case

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on May 25, 2010 at 12:49 pm |
May 25, 2010 1:32 pm

King County sheriff’s detectives have arrested a 72-year-old doctor who has offices in Seattle on suspicion of prescription forgery.

The doctor was arrested Monday and booked into King County Jail. The case has been forwarded to the King County Prosecutor’s Office for a charging decision.

Investigators allege the doctor,  a physician and surgeon with  an office at Harborview Medical Center and privileges at the University of Washington Medical Center, committed 34 counts of prescription forgery. He would write prescriptions in return for sexual contact with a 22-year-old woman who was not a patient, deputies report. The prescriptions for Xanex, Oxycontin and Percocet were then filled at local pharmacies.

The woman also faces charges in the case.

Sheriff’s deputies first started investigating the case after a parent called. The parent had noticed their daughter’s insurance was used to pay for some of the prescriptions. (The daughter is not involved in the scam, deputies report.)

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