Kokomo doctor accused of overprescribing painkillers pleads guilty

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HOWARD COUNTY (May 29, 2014) – A doctor admitted he mishandled prescriptions for painkillers and other drugs at offices in Burlington and Kokomo.

Don Wagoner, 78, pleaded guilty to eight counts during a hearing in Howard County Wednesday. Those counts included dealing in a narcotic drug, dealing in a controlled substance and conspiracy to commit dealing in a narcotic drug.

The charges resulted from an intensive investigation by the DEA, Kokomo Police Department, Howard County Drug Task Force, Indiana Office of the Attorney General, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Howard County Prosecutor’s Office.  A total of ninety-five felony counts were filed against Wagoner, his wife, two other doctors and their employees. Investigators said more than two dozen deaths were linked to the clinic.

Wagoner originally faced 20 charges, but some counts were dismissed as part of the plea deal. Wagoner is expected to serve time in the prison. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for July 2.