Former medical resident pleads guilty to illegally issuing perscriptions

2013-03-19T19:30:00Z 2013-03-19T22:24:07Z Former medical resident pleads guilty to illegally issuing perscriptionsMarc Chase marc.chase@nwi.com, (219) 662-5330 nwitimes.com
March 19, 2013 7:30 pm  • 

HAMMOND | A former medical resident of a Northwest Indiana hospital has agreed to plead guilty to illegally prescribing narcotic painkillers, court records show.

Moses Tarawali's plea agreement was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Hammond. The specific hospital was not identified in court filings.

In April 2012, Tarawali was indicted on charges of using the hospital's federal registration number — despite lacking a valid medical license — to issue more than 1,000 prescriptions for controlled substances.

The prescriptions included one for the narcotic painkiller hydrocodone on Oct. 10, 2010, one for Oxycontin on Oct. 20, 2009, and another for hydrocodone Dec. 21, 2009, federal court records allege.

The indictment states Tarawali conspired with others in committing the offenses, but no other names are listed.

Under his plea agreement, Tarawali could face up to four years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Tarawali is scheduled to formally plead guilty to the charge in open court Friday.

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