On June 7th, 2018

San Diego Doctor Charged in Prescription Fraud Case

SAN DIEGO - A San Diego doctor accused of 11 felony charges for allegedly prescribing controlled substances for his own use is scheduled to appear in San Diego Superior Court on June 8, 2018.  Dr. Robert Scott Klein is charged with two counts of identity theft, one count of insurance fraud and eight counts of prescription forgery.

The Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation – Investigation and Enforcement Unit San Diego Field Office, investigated Klein at the request of the Osteopathic Medical Board.

Investigators found that in August and October 2016, Klein allegedly obtained prescriptions for Ambien using a patient’s identity and insurance information. The prescriptions were fraudulently called in to a pharmacy using another medical provider’s name. Further investigation found that in June and August 2016, Klein allegedly obtained prescriptions for Ambien using a family member’s identity and insurance information, by calling in a prescription using a second medical provider’s name. Additionally, from 2014 to 2016, Klein allegedly used his own name to prescribe prescriptions for Ambien, Ativan, Restoril, and Soma in the names of his family members and a neighbor. None of these individuals received the medications.

On behalf of the Osteopathic Medical Board, the Attorney General’s Office will be requesting an Interim Suspension Order to limit Klein’s ability to practice as an Osteopathic Physician and Surgeon.

“We trust our medical professionals with our health, our well-being and our lives,” said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona.  “CSLEA represented investigators who work in the Department of Consumer Affairs Investigation and Enforcement Unit are to be commended for their work investigating medical professionals who are committing crimes and/or putting their patients at risk.”

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