- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 21, 2016

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. (AP) - A Los Angeles-area doctor has been found guilty of illegally prescribing powerful painkillers after he signed off on prescriptions after seeing an X-ray of a dog.

The Los Angeles Times reports (https://lat.ms/2d1G2lp ) that a jury on Tuesday found Dr. Richard Seongjun Kim of Rancho Palos Verdes guilty of 17 felony counts of illegally prescribing drugs without a legitimate medical need in connection to an undercover sting.

The 42-year-old Kim wrote prescriptions for Norco, Xanax, Soma and Adderall without performing physical exams, taking vital signs or filling out medical charts.

Prosecutors say Kim requested patients bring prior medical charts and X-rays to his one-man clinic. On one occasion, an agent was prescribed drugs after bringing an X-ray of a dog that included the animal’s tail.


Information from: Los Angeles Times, https://www.latimes.com/

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