AKRON -- A former Akron doctor and three of his employees were named in a federal indictment related to pain pill prescriptions and fraud.
Dr. Adolph Harper is part of a 134-count indictment. Federal investigators also named his daughter and secretary Adria Harper, another secretary Patricia Laughman and office assistant Tequilla Berry of Akron.
INDICTMENT: 134 count federal indictment
The U.S. Attorney's Office says the group distributed hundreds of thousands of doses of prescription medicines, including highly addictive Oxycontin, Percocet and others between 2009 and 2012.
The charges include conspiring to traffic controlled pharmaceutical drugs, drug trafficking and health care fraud.
The indictment says Harper's patients were often drug addicts who received prescriptions for addictive opiates without being examined by the doctor. Prosecutors say he continued this practice even after he learned some customers had died from drug overdoses.
Diane Byers was a patient in 2008.
She had surgery to remove her cervix that ended in complications.
"I was in the hospital for a week, and then I was home for three days, then I was back at the hospital in the emergency room. He wouldn't even answer the pages when they called," she said. "I know a lot of people have been hurt by him."
She knows at least three friends who went to Dr. Harper, some for the sake of getting prescription pain and diet pills.
"They would have to pay him cash to go get their prescriptions. And we knew that that wasn't right."
Byers is glad to see Harper indicted and would love to see him go to prison. "I don't think he wanted to help people at all…He didn't want to help me."
Harper was profiled in our WKYC Bad Medicine investigation in November.
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According to records on the Ohio Board of Medicine website, Harper voluntarily surrendered his license to practice medicine on May 18, 2012.
The board permanently revoked his medical license on May 22, 2012.
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