Greensburg Plastic Surgeon Charged With Witness Tampering, Falsifying Records
PITTSBURGH - A resident of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of witness tampering and falsification of records in a federal investigation, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.
The 10-count indictment, returned on March 31, and unsealed yesterday, named Daniel A. Teet, M.D., 68, of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, as the sole defendant.
According to the indictment, Dr. Teet tampered with witnesses, including encouraging two to provide false testimony to a federal grand jury, during an investigation being conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration into Dr. Teet’s Suboxone/Subutex prescribing practices.
After a hearing before United States Magistrate Judge Maureen Kelly, Judge Kelly set a $50,000 cash bond, ordered home detention enforced by GPS monitoring, that all firearms be removed from his residence, and that he have no contact, direct or indirect, with witnesses in the case. The government had submitted evidence that Dr. Teet made threatening statements regarding the DEA agents investigating the case.
The law provides for a maximum sentence at each count of 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Assistant United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.
An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.