“Yes, I treated patients when I was ‘high’ on drugs.” (Kent Swaine, surgeon)
A Las Vegas physician confessed in federal court last December that he was able to get prescription drugs by pretending to be one of his dead patients when he went to neighborhood pharmacies.
Doctor Kent Swaine, age 50, was therefore found guilty of the Felony of “obtaining controlled substances by fraud.” He was sentenced to 5 years probation and 150 hours of community service.
Swaine stepped into deep doo-doo when law enforcement learned he was writing prescriptions for himself under the name of Alexander Hyt, a patient who had conveniently died of cancer in August 2011. The daffy doc posed as the previous Mr. Hyt at drug stores, in order to keep the anti-depressants and painkillers coming, right up till his arrest in December, 2013.
Swaine operated a cosmetic and vascular surgery clinic located at 5380 South Rainbow Boulevard in Las Vegas, until his state medical license was finally suspended in January 2014. At the time, he tested positive for amphetamines, benzodiazepine and opiates.
Oh, that’s just terrific.
On the day of his sentencing in Nevada U.S. District Court, Judge Richard Boulware ordered Swaine to write a letter of apology to the Hyt family, and then said this:
“Your addiction placed other people at risk,”
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Crane Pomerantz.
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