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Metroplex Doctor, Wife, Staff Indicted in Prescription Drug Conspiracy
PLANO, Texas – A Dallas County doctor, his wife and two staff members have been indicted in a prescription drug conspiracy in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.
Habiboola Niamatali, 72, and his wife, Shirley Niamatali, 67, both of Dallas, Esmeralda Lozada, 26, and Lisa Tumlison, 23, both of Lancaster, Texas, were indicted on July 22, 2013 and charged with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances without a legitimate purpose.
According to the indictment, Habiboola Niamatali was a medical doctor operating clinics in Lancaster and Garland, Texas, which were managed by his wife, Shirley. Lozada and Tumlison were employed by Niamatali at the Lancaster clinic. The indictment alleges that Niamatali wrote prescriptions for hydrocodone, alprazolam and promethazine with codeine and sold those prescriptions to numerous individuals for cash. The indictment also alleges that Shirley Niamatali, Lozada, and Tumlison assisted in the conspiracy.
If convicted, the defendants each face up to 10 years in federal prison.
This case is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Lancaster Police Department and the Desoto Police Department. Anyone with information about Niamatali or his staff is encouraged to contact DEA at 214-956-6517.
A grand jury indictment is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.