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Wisconsin doctor still practicing after convicted of drug charges

A Wisconsin doctor is still allowed to practice medicine after allegations that he was involved in a cocaine ring surfaced. According to the report, the doctor pleaded guilty to federal drug charges in 2011. It was reported that the minimum jail sentence was 10 years; however, he is still freely seeing patients on a day-to-day basis.

The dermatologist was first pulled over after an officer caught him speeding in 2009. Upon performing a vehicle search, the officer recovered a small amount of cocaine, a shotgun and over $4,000 in cash. It turned out that was just the beginning of this man's involvement with drugs. He also admitted to paying his dealer more than $30,000 for drugs and writing checks directly from his medical practice. In addition, the doctor allegedly used patients' personal information in order to obtain cocaine. In exchange for the cocaine, he would give his clients free medical services.

Both Arizona and Illinois have suspended the doctor's license. He is free to continue his practice in Wisconsin as long as he continues to pass the drug tests. The Wisconsin Medical Examining Board stated that there is no indication that the doctor is not sober when working with his patients. The Board will wait until he has been formally sentenced before coming to a decision regarding his license.

When an individual is convicted of a drug crime, the consequences can be particularly severe. In addition to a prison sentence, the conviction may remain on a person's criminal record. This criminal record can impact employment, ability to access financial aid and other loans. A Wisconsin attorney may be able to help by defending their clients' rights and providing strong representation against the prosecution. The attorney may be able to have the charges reduced by having their clients attend a rehabilitation facility or drug awareness program.

Source: FOX 6 News, "Doctor involved in cocaine ring still practicing medicine", Meghan Dwyer, July 19, 2013

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