FOND DU LAC, Wis. (WFRV) – A federal grand jury has indicted a psychiatrist and licensed nurse for conspiring to unlawfully distribute controlled substances.
According to a release, 74-year-old psychiatrist John Whelan and 58-year-old nurse Tina Montezon were unlawfully distributing substances like Buprenorphine, Ritalin, Xanax, and Adderall.
Officials say these substances were outside a professional medical practice and were not for legitimate medical purposes.
U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin says the indictment also charges Whelan and Montezon with maintaining a drug-involved property and making false statements to federal agents.
If convicted, Whelan and Montezon face a maximum sentence of twenty years in prison, up to three years of supervised release, up to a $1,000,000 fine, and a $100 Special Assessment.
According to the indictment, the two prescribed controlled substances outside the course of professional medical practice from a residence located on Clinton Street in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.
Authorities say both people gave the unlawful prescriptions from the residence on Saturdays in exchange for $200 to $300 per prescription.
Officials note an indictment is only a charge and not evidence of guilt because everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
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