Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
DEA: Ogden doctor dispensed meds without a prescription
Charges » Investigators say Layton mayor, others received drugs without prescriptions.
First Published Mar 23 2013 11:14 am • Last Updated Mar 24 2013 12:28 am

An Ogden doctor faces charges of failing to maintain proper medical records for the medications he was dispensing, including to Layton Mayor Stephen Curtis.

Albert R. Hartman, 63, was charged earlier this week in 2nd District Court with four counts of failure to make, keep or furnish records. His initial court appearance is scheduled for April 16, and if convicted faces up to five years in prison for each count.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

In September, the Drug Enforcement Administration received a letter from a medical supply company indicating it had refused to ship a suspicious order of controlled substances to Hartman, who is an obstetrician and gynecologist at McKay Dee Hospital Center. A month later, DEA investigators found that the doctor’s staff had been ordering controlled substances with his permission.

The staff later surrendered hundreds of tablets of Lorazepam, which treats anxiety, and Phentermine, which is used for weight loss, to the investigators, according to a probable cause statement for charges against the doctor.

Hartman admitted to investigators that he’d been allowing staff members to order and dispense the controlled substances from his office, including for their personal use, and that he’d ordered and dispensed Lorazepam to family members, according to the statement.

Besides the doctor and his staff, investigators also interviewed Curtis, because his wife works for Hartman. Curtis admitted to investigators that he had medications from Hartman without a prescription, the statement said.

"Curtis also stated that he had been informed by staff members ... that controlled substances were being distributed," according to the statement. "Curtis indicated that he did not receive a prescription from [Hartman] for the controlled substances he received, and that [Hartman] failed to maintain proper records and illegally dispensed medication."

The probable cause statement does not specify what medications Curtis received from the doctor, although his wife told investigators that she once ordered for herself through the office Diazepam, which treats anxiety and muscle spasms, among other conditions.

A message left with Curtis Saturday seeking comment was not returned.

The chief medical officer of McKay Dee Hospital Center had not received a formal notification of the charges as of Saturday, said hospital spokesman Chris Dallin, declining further comment.


story continues below
story continues below

mmcfall@sltrib.com

Twitter: @mikeypanda



Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment


About Reader Comments


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Videos
Jobs
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.