Three doctors, including Wagoner’s wife, Dr. Marilyn Wagoner, were arrested in the case and charged with dealing controlled substances. Police and prosecutors say the doctors routinely prescribed heavy doses of opiates and other narcotic prescription medications to patients without any medical need, resulting in more than 20 overdose deaths.
Kokomo police, aided by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, raided the two Wagoner medical clinics in March 2013, seizing records. The arrests came about a month later.
The Wagoners and doctors William Terpstra and Robert Brewer (who was not arrested, but was instead issued a court summons) have all given up their licenses to prescribe medicine while the trial is pending, after the attorney general’s office brought licensure actions.
Physician assistant John Thomas was charged and issued a summons, but not arrested, while physician assistants Gary Hartman and Thomas Hewitt, nurse Linda Richards and office manager Michelle Wagoner were all arrested. Charges are still pending against all nine defendants.
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