A well reputed medical doctor of Baltimore, pleaded guilty today in charges of distribute drugs to his patients with no reasonable prescriptions which he extended and was paid through to the Medicaid program, in some cases.
John K. Yacoub (58) , gynecologist of Baltimore, Maryland pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute fentanyl, hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine and methadone, known as powerful painkillers.
“Dr. Yacoub a long standing medical doctor, not only broke the law by drug trafficking, he betrayed the trust bestowed upon him by the public,” stated in the courtroom Gary Tuggle, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Baltimore District Office.
“Members of the medical community are not untouchable when they prescribe controlled substances for no legitimate reason. The abuse of diverted prescription pain medication is the fastest growing drug problem in our country and our DEA Tactical Diversion Program is ready to tackle this problem,” added Tuggle.
According to Dr. Yacoub’s plea agreement, between 2012 and 2013 he provided prescriptions and pills to his Nevada-based girlfriend, who was a drug addict. He initially provided her with Vicodin, and later with oxycodone and morphine.
During a search warrant executed on September 23, 2013, investigators obtained patient files for Dr. Yacoub’s girlfriend, and others patiens named in the court as “person A” and “person B”. None of their files reflected any medical treatment or medical reason for the medications prescribed to them by Dr. Yacoub.
Yacoub who had practiced gynecology and obstetrics for 30 years in the Baltimore area before surrendering his medical license in November,admitted that providing the prescriptions to his girlfriend, “person A” and “person B” was not within the scope of accepted medical practice.
The medical professional faces now a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, said United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein and the sentence was scheduled for September 23, 2014 for the U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake.