Tucson Podiatrist Pleads Guilty to Forgery & Surrenders State License | Forum

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For Immediate Release: May 18, 2017
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PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced
Tucson podiatrist Dr. Loren Scott Wessel pleaded guilty
to Forgery, a class four felony in Pima County Superior
Court. This case stems from a joint investigation
conducted by the Arizona Attorney General’s Office
Health Care Fraud and Abuse Section and the Drug
Enforcement Administration (DEA) Phoenix Division.
In June of 2016, a veterinary supply company contacted
the DEA after Dr. Wessel made a purchase of more than
five thousand oxycodone tablets. Investigators quickly
learned Dr. Wessel was filling forged prescriptions for
narcotics at a Tucson pharmacy. DEA Agents and AZAG
Special Agents determined Dr. Wessel forged
prescriptions for narcotics by using the name of a local
doctor. Investigators believe Dr. Wessel was not
providing the oxycodone to others but was writing the
prescriptions to feed his own addiction.
In September 2016, a State Grand Jury indicted Dr.
Wessel on charges of Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices,
Acquisition of a Narcotic Drug by Fraud, and Forgery.
Dr. Wessel will be sentenced on July 14, 2017. He faces
1 to 3.75 years in prison. As a condition of the plea, Dr.
Wessel will voluntarily surrender his DEA license to
prescribe narcotics.