Columbia Dentist Sentenced for Writing Fraudulent Prescriptions to Obtain Drugs
JAN 27 -- BALTIMORE, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Dr. Keith A. Seicke, age 43, of Columbia, Maryland, yesterday to 22 months - 10 months to be served in prison and one year served in home detention with electronic monitoring - for writing hundreds of fraudulent prescriptions to obtain hydrocodone and oxycodone. Judge Bennett also ordered Seicke to pay a $5,000 fine.
The sentence was announced by Special Agent in Charge Ava Cooper-Davis of the Drug Enforcement Administration - Washington Field Division and United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.
“This sentencing sends a message to the medical community that they are not immune to prosecution if they break the law. The diversion of prescription medicine is a significant problem and it will not be tolerated no matter who the offender is,” stated Ava Cooper-Davis, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration
According to his plea agreement, from 2005 through 2008, Dr. Keith Seicke, a dentist, visited various pharmacies to receive large quantities of Hydrocodone, a Schedule III controlled dangerous substance. Dr. Seicke wrote hundreds of fraudulent prescriptions, using the names, dates of birth, and addresses of real individuals. Some of the individuals were deceased; others were previous dental patients of Dr. Seicke. The individuals did not know Dr. Seicke was using their personal information to obtain drugs. Using these fraudulent prescriptions, Dr. Seicke worked with a co-conspirator pharmacist to obtain Hydrocodone. Dr. Seicke personally visited the pharmacist at locations where he worked, including Ellicott City and Columbia, Maryland. Dr. Seicke would call the pharmacist only on the pharmacist’s cell phone to provide the prescriptions and always paid the pharmacist in cash for the drug transactions. On several occasions, the pharmacist met Dr. Seicke on the street to sell him the Hydrocodone.
As part of the investigation, DEA agents examined the prescriptions created by Dr. Seicke and found that most were for Hydrocodone and a smaller number were for Oxycodone. A federal search warrant executed at Dr. Seicke’s home recovered bottles of Hydrocodone prescriptions in other people’s names. At Dr. Seicke’s dental office, DEA officials seized records showing false prescriptions that Dr. Seicke was writing. Over the course of four years, Dr. Seicke falsely prescribed and obtained approximately 35,000 units of Hydrocodone, using misrepresentation, fraud, and deception to acquire drugs. According to court testimony, the drugs were for Dr. Seicke’s personal use.