By Amanda Klein | March 15, 2019
A Westmoreland County physician who was indicted last year by a federal grand jury on drug and money laundering charges lost $605,414 to the federal government earlier this month when a federal judge granted a prosecutor’s forfeiture request.
U.S. District Judge Joy Flowers Conti granted the request, ruling that the money was obtained from the sale of illegal drugs.
Mamdouh El-Attrache, 67, is one of three Westmoreland County doctors who were charged last year with prescribing pain medication to patients who did not legitimately need them.
On Oct. 2 Milad Shaker, 49, of Greensburg, was charged with distributing Vicodin, Percocet and Tramado in return for sexual favors provided to him either physically or by text messaging from 2014 through 2017.
Dr. Nabil Jabbour, 67, of Hempfield, was indicted on Sept. 28 with unlawfully dispensing buprenorphine, also known as Suboxone or Subutex, a drug used to treat opioid addiction.
El-Attrache allegedly “routinely accepted cash payments from patients in exchange for illegally prescribing hydrocodone, fentanyl, methadone and buprenorphine outside the usual course of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose,” according to a court document.
Judge Conti said in her ruling that officials will have to wait until El-Attrache’s plea hearing, which is scheduled for June 19, to actually take possession of the funds
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