INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - An Indianapolis doctor is behind bars Monday morning for allegedly overprescribing prescription medication.
Segun Rasaki was arrested and charged with 24 felonies for allegedly writing prescriptions for painkiller medications without a legitimate purpose, outside the usually course of professional practice or without a license. He was also charged with one count of insurance fraud or insurance application fraud.
The charges were announced during a press conference with the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office. Prosecutor Terry Curry was joined by Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller and DEA Special Agent Dennis Wichern.
Curry said some of the charges relate to an undercover drug enforcement administration agent who visited Rasaki and had prescriptions written for the agent.
According to court documents, Rasaki had written more than 29,000 prescriptions for controlled substances to 2,870 patients from January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2010.
Curry said investigators were tipped off in 2009 when contacted by concerned pharmacists.
Zoeller said the case highlights the growing prescription drug abuse epidemic and the need to put a stop to it.
“The abuse and the amounts of addiction and overdose deaths are now at an epidemic level,” said Zoeller. “We have to take strong action and I think Prosecutor Curry’s actions today help highlight that.”
Rasaki was being held in the Marion County Jail as of 10 a.m. Monday morning.
His bond is set at $200,000.
He is scheduled to appear in Marion County criminal court Tuesday morning for an initial hearing.
He was arrested in March 2012 and preliminarily charged with one count of sexual battery and two counts of battery with injury. He was later found guilty.
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