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Indiana doctor gets 2 years for overprescribing

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Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 7:52 am

KOKOMO — A central Indiana doctor who pleaded guilty to over-prescribing prescription drugs has been sentenced to two years in prison and ordered stripped of his medical license.

Seventy-eight-year-old Don Wagoner had pleaded guilty in May to eight felony counts, including dealing a narcotic drug and dealing in a controlled substance. Howard Superior Court Judge William Menges sentenced Wagoner on Wednesday to a term that also includes eight years of in-home detention.

The Kokomo Tribune reports Menges also ordered Wagoner's medical license revoked.

Wagoner, his wife and two other doctors were arrested last year on narcotics charges connected to clinics in Kokomo and the nearby town of Burlington. State officials say at least a dozen patients died from drug-related complications.