LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — An Encino doctor has been charged with prescribing and selling narcotic drugs without a legitimate reason, according to a grand jury indictment unsealed Friday.
Yahya Hedvat, 68, pleaded not guilty to eight felony counts of unlawfully prescribing a controlled substance, including hydrocodone and clonazepam, and two counts of sale/offer to sell/transportation of a controlled substance. Hedvat had been facing the same charges in a case filed in August, in which he had been awaiting a hearing if there was enough evidence for him to stand trial.READ MORE: Public Health Officials Lift Warnings For Certain LA County Beaches
That case was dismissed as a result of the indictment.READ MORE: Fourth Officer Who Responded To January 6 Attack Dies By Apparent Suicide
Hedvat 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. An internal medicine specialist, Hedvat runs an Encino medical clinic called “Urgent Care.”
The indictment alleges the crimes occurred between August 2012 and March of this year.MORE NEWS: 'People On This Block Are Hurting': More Allegations Pinned On LAPD In Aftermath Of South LA Fireworks Explosion
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