- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - A Phoenix-area doctor has been indicted for allegedly prescribing drugs to patients who didn’t need them.

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich and the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Phoenix Division announced Tuesday that a state grand jury indicted Dr. Harinder Kumar Takyar on 42 felony counts.

The indictment alleges Takyar prescribed controlled substances with no medical necessity and provided compensation for the referral of patients to his medical offices in Mesa, Florence and Coolidge.

DEA Phoenix Division special agents and the Attorney General’s Office launched an investigation into the distribution of controlled substances by Takyar.

They say he allegedly wrote prescriptions for narcotic drugs with no medical necessity and allegedly paid money to people in the medical profession for patient referrals.

It was unclear Tuesday if Takyar has a lawyer.

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