Kentuckiana doctor charged in relation to five patient deaths
The indictment includes 32 counts for unlawfully dispensing pain medications to 30 patients -- without a legitimate medical purpose and beyond the bounds of professional medical practice.
Wednesday, January 21st 2015, 2:46 PM EST
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – A Kentuckiana doctor was charged with prescribing medications that may have resulted in five patients' deaths. He was also charged by a federal grand jury with health care fraud and unlawful distribution or dispensing of controlled substances, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Jaime Guerrero, 47, is a doctor with offices in Louisville and Jeffersonville. The indictment includes 32 counts for unlawfully dispensing pain medications to 30 patients -- without a legitimate medical purpose and beyond the bounds of professional medical practice.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, it happened between Dec. 2009 and May 2014. In that time, they say Guerrero allegedly prescribed pain medications that resulted in the deaths of five patients.
The indictment charges Guerrero with giving out Oxycodone and Methadone without a legitimate medical purpose.
WDRB spoke to one former patient of Guerrero's who said it wasn't surprising to see the doctors name as part of the indictment.
"He gave me methadone and Percocet, both of them ten milligrams," said Christeena Bishop, "It was a total of 300 pills a month, 10 pills a day."
Bishop says that soon after she began seeing Dr. Guerrero she became addicted to the pain medication and eventually had an overdose. She's clean now and blames both herself and Dr. Guerrero for the tribulations she's faced
"It's both of us, he should have maybe used a better judgement call to not put me on such a strong medication and not so many," she said, "But it was my judgement call to once I got them home to how many I took."
Guerrero is also charged with fraudulently billing various health care benefit programs after seeing patients for “three minutes or less”. He then allegedly submitted claims for 15-30 minute counseling sessions.
The doctor faces up to life in prison and a $2 million fine, if convicted.
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