Weirton Doctor Sentenced For Drugs
Senior U.S. District Judge Frederick P. Stamp Jr. on Monday sent a strong message when he sentenced a local doctor to prison time for abusing his medical oath and illegal drug distribution.
Stamp sentenced Dr. Tod Hagins, 52, of Wintersville, to 57 months incarceration for writing fraudulent prescriptions to be sold on the streets from his Weirton practice, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced.
“This case should send a clear message to all those who practice medicine that neither their medical license nor their white lab coat will protect them from enormous consequences of illegal drug distribution and medical fraud. This doctor violated both our laws and his solemn oath as a physician. He will now pay for those violations,” said Powell.
Hagins pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances outside the bounds of professional medical practice, one count of health care fraud and one count of money laundering in April.
Hagins operated a general medical practice, as well as the Weirton Suboxone Clinic, on Washington Street in Weirton. Hagins admitted to prescribing oxycodone to several people without a legitimate medical purpose to be sold on the streets for a share in the profits. Hagins also admitted to writing the prescriptions for oxycodone in a manner that would allow the individual filling the prescriptions to be paid for by West Virginia Medicaid, Powell said. As a part of the conspiracy, Hagins deposited $4,000 into a business equity line of credit to be used in the scheme, with the intention of concealing the criminal activity, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.
Hagins also was ordered to pay $130,160 in a money judgment, and pay $809.62 in restitution.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah E. Wagner prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Drug Enforcement Administration; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Office of the Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; the West Virginia Offices of the Insurance Commissioner Fraud Division; the West Virginia Medicaid Fraud Control Unit; the Office of Ohio Attorney General Health Care Fraud Unit; the Hancock-Brooke-Weirton Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force; the Jefferson County Drug Task Force; and the West Virginia State Police investigated.