Ten Lehigh Valley residents, including two doctors, have been charged with fraud that involved writing prescriptions for people who would not get them or faking prescriptions for unauthorized drug use.
Dr. Scott Keeney, 41, of Lower Saucon Township and Dr. Faton Bilali, 39, of Allentown are the physicians charged in the cases announced Friday by state Attorney General Josh Shapiro and Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin.
“This roundup in the Lehigh Valley, including the arrest of doctors and medical staff, shows no one is above the law in our fight against the heroin epidemic,” Shapiro said. “Today’s arrests prove what I’ve said all along: I’ll go after drug dealers on the street corner, in boardrooms and doctor’s offices and hospitals.”
No heroin was involved in the arrests, but most of the cases allege the suspects abused the prescription process to improperly divert other opioids, which are addictive, painkilling drugs, investigators said.
Keeney, a trauma surgeon for St. Luke’s University Hospital in Fountain Hill, took the synthetic opioid Fentanyl from a patient’s room Jan. 31 and injected himself with it at the hospital, authorities said.
Keeney, who no longer works for St. Luke’s, was charged with obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and possession of a controlled substance.
Bilali, who worked for Coordinated Health, also was charged with obtaining drugs by fraud and possession of controlled substances.
From January to August 2015, Bilali wrote prescriptions for himself and his mother, who was not his patient, and he filled all of the prescriptions himself, investigators said.
Bilali’s prescriptions were for generic Adderall, oxycodone with acetaminophen, oxycodone hydrochloride and hydrocodone bitartrate with acetaminophen, authorities said.
Keeney, Bilali and the eight others were investigated by Agent Brian Rimple of the state Bureau of Narcotics…