Maryland Doctor Pleads Guilty to Writing False Prescriptions, Keeping Meds

By Paul Gaita 09/08/15

Peter Wisniewski was caught writing prescriptions, but keeping the drugs for himself.

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A Maryland physician has pleaded guilty in federal court to three counts of possession of a controlled substance, which will bar him from practicing medicine for at least two years.

According to his plea agreement, Peter Wisniewski, 52, wrote prescriptions for oxycodone and Adderall for three elderly patients, but kept the medication for himself. The Calvert County physician filled the prescriptions under the false pretense that he was collecting the medication in order to deliver them to those patients.

Wisniewski also wrote false entries in their medical records in order to further conceal his actions. It is estimated that between March 2012 and April 2015, Wisniewski pocketed more than 8,000 oxycodone pills through this scheme.

The presiding U.S. district judge scheduled sentencing for Wisniewski on October 23. Due to facts of the case that will be clarified at sentencing, the government agreed to recommend a sentence of three years of probation and a fine of at least $40,000. Wisniewski was also required to surrender his Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) controlled substances license, and will be barred from practicing medicine for at least two years.

The decision to impose a stricter sentence—the charges carry a maximum sentence of three years in prison—will be made by the sentencing judge, while the Maryland state medical board will determine whether Wisniewski will be allowed to practice medicine at all in the future.

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Paul Gaita lives in Los Angeles. He has contributed to the Los Angeles Times, Variety, LA Weekly, and The Los Angeles Beat, among many other publications and websites.