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Dr. John Yacoub Sentenced For Illegal Drug Distribution

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Maryland

Prescribed Drugs to His Girlfriend and Others Without a Medical Basis

Baltimore, Maryland – Chief U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Dr. John K. Yacoub, age 58, of Baltimore, Maryland today to a year and a day in prison followed by two years of supervised release for conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute fentanyl, hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine and methadone. Chief Judge Blake also ordered Yacoub to pay restitution and forfeit $2,375.93.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Assistant Special Agent in Charge Gary Tuggle of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Baltimore District Office; Special Agent in Charge Nicholas DiGiulio, Office of Investigations, Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services; Chief James W. Johnson of the Baltimore County Police Department; Chief Gary Gardner of the Howard County Police Department; and Commissioner Anthony W. Batts of the Baltimore Police Department.

According to his plea agreement, between 2012 and 2013 Dr. Yacoub provided prescriptions and pills to his girlfriend who was a drug addict. He initially provided her with Vicodin, and later with oxycodone and morphine. By 2013, Dr. Yacoub was regularly writing prescriptions for morphine and fentanyl patches for his girlfriend’s personal use.

Dr. Yacoub asked two others to help him get additional prescription medication for his girlfriend in exchange for providing them with prescriptions for methadone. Investigators have determined that one of these individuals used Medicaid to pay for $2,375.92 of the morphine prescriptions obtained for Dr. Yacoub.

During a search warrant executed on September 23, 2013, investigators obtained patient files for Dr. Yacoub’s girlfriend and the other two individuals. None of the files reflected any medical treatment or medical reason for the medications prescribed to them by Dr. Yacoub. Dr. Yacoub admitted that he provided the prescriptions outside the scope of accepted medical practice.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the DEA, HHS – Office of Inspector General, Baltimore County and Howard County Police Departments and the Baltimore Police Department for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein also recognized the Maryland Board of Physicians for its assistance. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth S. Clark, who prosecuted the case.

Updated January 26, 2015