former county coroner-elect sentenced for unlawful distribution of controlled substances | Takeover bid

A federal jury today convicted a Kentucky man of illegally prescribing controlled substances Oxycontin, Klonopin, Ambien and Valium in violation of the Controlled Substances Act.

According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, Dr. David Suetholz, 71, of Ludlow, illegally prescribed controlled substances to his patients outside of the usual course of professional practice and not for legitimate medical purposes. Some patients were prescribed high doses of drugs and in dangerous combinations without justification. Suetholz also prescribed patients without assessing their addiction risks or history of drug abuse.

Suetholz was convicted of 12 counts of illegally distributing a controlled substance. He is due to be sentenced on March 22, 2023 and faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison on each count. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering US sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.

Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite, Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; U.S. Attorney Carlton S. Shier, IV for the Eastern District of Kentucky; Deputy Director Luis Quesada of the FBI’s Criminal Investigations Division; Administrator Anne Milgram of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); Special Agent in Charge Tamala E. Miles of the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS-OIG); and Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron made the announcement.

The FBI, DEA, HHS-OIG and the Kentucky Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigated the case.

Trial attorneys Dermot Lynch and Maryam Adeyola of the criminal division’s fraud section are prosecuting the case.

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