PHOENIX — Authorities say a Tucson podiatrist has pleaded guilty to forging prescriptions for narcotic drugs for his own use.
Officials with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office say a veterinary supply company contacted the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Phoenix Division last June after Dr. Loren Scott Wessel made a purchase of more than 5,000 oxycodone tablets.
Investigators learned Wessel was filling forged prescriptions for narcotics at a Tucson pharmacy by using the name of a local doctor.
A state grand jury indicted Wessel last September on charges of fraudulent schemes and artifices, acquisition of a narcotic drug by fraud and forgery.
Wessel is scheduled to be sentenced on July 14.
Prosecutors say he faces up to a 45-month prison term and must voluntarily surrender his license to prescribe narcotics.