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Tucson doctor facing prison for forging painkiller prescriptions

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A Tucson podiatrist will spend up to 3.75 years in prison for fraudulently writing himself painkiller prescriptions and forging the signature of another local doctor.

Dr. Loren Scott Wessel pleaded guilty to Forgery in Pima County Superior Court, according to an Arizona Attorney General’s Office media release.

In June of 2016, a veterinary supply company contacted the Drug Enforcement Agency after Dr. Wessel purchased more than 5,000 oxycodone pills, according to the media release. Investigators learned that Wessel was having forged narcotics prescriptions filled at a local pharmacy. 

DEA agents and AZAG Special Agents believe that Dr. Wessel was writing the prescriptions to feed his own addiction, the release stated.

A Grand Jury indicted Dr. Wessel on charges of Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices, Acquisition of a Narcotic Drug by Fraud, and Forgery in September of 2016, according to the release.

Dr. Wessel will be sentenced on July 14, 2017. As a condition of the plea, he will voluntarily surrender his DEA license to prescribe narcotics.

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