(INDIANAPOLIS) - An Indianapolis doctor convicted of dealing prescription drugs was sentenced Tuesday.
Dr. Segun Rasaki was sentenced to 10 years in prison with eight years suspended. He will serve two years in the Department of Correction. He had entered a plea of guilty last month to Dealing in a Schedule IV Controlled Substance (C Felony) and Dealing in a Controlled Substance (B Felony).
"He was a doctor at the time of his offense was committed and prescription drug abuse is a very serious problem in our community, so I felt the Department of Correction was the only appropriate sentence in this case and not a sentence at home or home detention," said Jana Skelton, Marion County Prosecutor's Office.
"I would have preferred in community corrections rather than the Department of Correction. My client is not a flight risk. He's not a dangerous person," Rasaki attorney Bob Lutz said.
Pharmacists contacted the Drug Enforcement Agency in 2009 with concerns about how Rasaki was prescribing controlled painkillers, prompting an investigation that led to charges in August 2013.
The investigation found that Rasaki had prescribed controlled substances, including Phenobarbital, Zutripro, and Dronabinol to multiple patients after he no longer had the authority to prescribe those drugs.
Rasaki's federal and state licenses were suspended in 2011 following an undercover investigation by the DEA. That investigation determined that Rasaki gave prescriptions to undercover DEA agents based on inadequate physical examination and despite indications of diversion. His Indiana Controlled Substance Registration was revoked automatically at that time.
In 2012, Dr. Segun Rasaki was prosecuted by the Marion County Prosecutor's Office and convicted on charges of Sexual Battery (D Felony) and Battery (B Misdemeanor) against two patients, for which he received a one-year executed sentence.
Eyewitness News caught up with Rasaki in March 2012 after allegations surfaced that he was inappropriately touching several of his female patients.
"They know who I am. The good ones know who I am and there are always bad eggs, but like I said, I give everybody good chance to see what the court system has to do in these areas," he said at the time.
Tuesday, he found out what the court system would do.
Before pronouncing the sentence, the judge told Rasaki "you will never be a doctor in Indiana again. You need to get a grip. You will not be a doctor again."
Both sentences will be served consecutively. Rasaki's family left the courtroom in shock Tuesday.
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