Federal authorities charge nurse with illegally practicing medicine and prescribing drugs

By Steve Pope | January 31, 2019

Federal authorities charged a nurse practitioner Thursday with practicing medicine without a license and illegally prescribing controlled substances.

According to the criminal complaint filed in this case, Larry J. Goisse, Jr., 34, of Pittsburgh, is a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner who owns and operates Prime Psychiatric Care, LLC, which has two offices in Western Pennsylvania.  The complaint alleges that Goisse’s medical license were revoked in July as a result of his conviction on DUI and drug possession charges.

On Dec. 29, 2017, West View police encountered Goisse “passed out behind the wheel of [a] running vehicle.  During the encounter the officer learned Goisse was operating the vehicle with a [DUI] suspended license,” the complaint stated. The officer found a “glass pipe protruding” from Goisse’s pocket and a bag that contained methamphetamine from another pocket.

The complaint alleges that despite knowing that his medical license was suspended, Goisse continued to see patients and prescribe controlled substances to some of them. Specifically, the complaint alleges that from September 11, 2018 through January 28, 2019, Goisse authorized 429 prescriptions for Schedule II and/or Schedule IV controlled substances to individuals, and that approximately 294 of those prescriptions, totaling 13,177 tablets, were for Schedule II drugs containing amphetamine.

Agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration acting on a tip from several of Goisse’s former employees, who had resigned when they learned that his medical license was revoked, began investigating him in December.

Investigators spoke with seven former employees who all said that Goisse was still treating patients and prescribing controlled substances despite knowing that his license was revoked.

Another nurse practitioner told authorities that Goisse created new patient charts and authorized medication without Goisse consulting with them. Once the nurse became aware that Goisse’s license was revoked the nurse wrote in a resignation letter “Larry unfortunately I have to resign from PPC (effective today). I know that your license is suspended. I cannot risk jeopardizing my license.” According to the complaint, Goisse responded, “Exactly how does my license jeopardize yours?  I was acquitted from a dui and I challenged the suspension.”

According to online court records, Goisse was convicted of DUI and possession of drug paraphernalia on July 25. Common Pleas Judge Kelly Bigley sentenced him to 60 days probation on the DUI conviction and 90 days probation on the drug paraphernalia conviction.

Goisse was arrested Friday and is scheduled to make an initial appearance in federal court on Friday, before Magistrate Judge Robert C. Mitchell.

If convicted, Goisse faces up to 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.

Steve Pope can be contacted at steve.pope@grantstreetnews.com

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