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Munster Doctor Indicted

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Indiana
For Dispensing Opioids Outside The Scope Of Professional Practice

HAMMOND - The United States Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana, Thomas L. Kirsch II, announced a 4-count indictment against Jay Kaushik Joshi, age 33, of Burr Ridge, Illinois for dispensing controlled substances containing hydrocodone outside the scope of professional practice and not for legitimate medical purposes.  


According to documents in this case, Joshi practiced medicine at Prestige Clinics in Munster, Indiana.  Joshi is a medical doctor licensed to practice medicine in the State of Indiana and until November 21, 2017 was registered by the Drug Enforcement Administration to Prescribe Schedule II, III, IV and V controlled substances.  Between September of 2017 and December 2017, the DEA and Munster Police Department obtained information on Joshi’s history of prescribing controlled substances.  Indiana’s prescription monitoring program, INSPECT, was designed to serve as a tool to address the problem of prescription drug abuse and diversion of controlled substances.  Investigators obtained data from INSPECT and it is alleged that since April 2017, Joshi issued over 6000 prescriptions for controlled substances.  It is also alleged that Joshi ranked first in Lake County and ninth in the State of Indiana in the number of prescriptions written for controlled substances by DEA registered providers.  During the time-period alleged in the indictment, Joshi dispensed controlled substances that were not prescribed for a legitimate medical purpose and outside the scope of professional practice.


The United States Attorney's Office emphasized that an Indictment is merely an allegation and that all persons charged are presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty in court.


If convicted in court, any specific sentence to be imposed will be determined by the judge after a consideration of federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.


This case is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Munster, Indiana Police Department. The case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Mahoney.


Updated April 30, 2019

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