Louisville Dentist Charged With Unlawfully Dispensing Controlled Substances

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A Louisville dentist who prescribed controlled substances after being suspended by the Kentucky Board of Dentistry (KBD) has been charged by federal criminal complaint, according to Acting United States Attorney Michael A. Bennett.

Paul William Yaggie, DMD, has been charged with prescribing hydrocodone and oxycodone in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841.

According to the criminal complaint, the KBD issued a Notice of Immediate, Temporary Suspension (ITS) suspending Yaggie’s dental license and ordering him not to practice dentistry on September 18, 2020. The ITS was personally served to Yaggie on September 21, 2020.

Following the ITS, Yaggie continued to see patients and write controlled substance prescriptions, according to the US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Kentucky, prescribing more than 625 hydrocodone pills and more than 175 oxycodone pills while suspended.

On January 6, 2021, Yaggie was evicted from his dental office, where he abandoned his patient files. On February 15, 2021, he met a patient in the parking lot adjacent to his former dental office. He prescribed the patient hydrocodone and penicillin, charging the patient $200 for the prescriptions and promised dental work, the US Attorney’s Office said.

Yaggie failed to complete the dental work and did not return the money, the office continued, and the pharmacy refused to fill the prescriptions.

The charge carries a potential penalty of no more than 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joseph Ansari.

The case is being investigated by the Kentucky State Police, Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Office of Inspector General, Drug Enforcement Administration Drug Diversion Section, Louisville Metro Police Department, and Shively Police Department.

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