LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — An Encino doctor has been arrested on charges of prescribing narcotics without a legitimate medical need.
District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced Thursday that charges have been filed against Dr. Yahya Hedvat, who runs an Encino medical clinic called Urgent Care.READ MORE: Goldstein Investigates: Dozens Of Fire Safety Violations Reported at LAX
The 68-year-old physician was arrested Thursday on a warrant charging him with eight felony counts of unlawfully prescribing a controlled substance, including hydrocodone, suboxone and clonazepam.
Deputy District Attorneys John Niedermann and Emily Street with the Major Narcotics Division
are prosecuting the case.
Hedvat, who specializes in internal medicine, allegedly prescribed various narcotic drugs to undercover agents with the California Medical Board without performing proper examinations or prescribing the drugs for a legitimate medical purpose, Niedermann said.READ MORE: CHP Reports 2 More Possible Shooting Incidents On 91 Freeway In Corona
The complaint alleges Hedvat wrote unlawful prescriptions to clients in August 2012 and to undercover agents beginning in February.
Prosecutors will ask that his bail be set at $80,000.
Hedvat is expected to be arraigned Friday.MORE NEWS: Caught On Camera: Woman Punches Would-Be Car Thief, Chases Him Down Corona Street
If convicted as charged, he faces up to seven years, eight months in county jail.