Decatur Physician Charged with Illegal Distribution of Hydrocodone

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SPRINGFIELD – A Decatur physician from a private practice has been charged with illegal distribution of hydrocodone. These charges come as a result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

U.S. Attorney for the Central District of Illinois Jim Lewis announced that a federal grand jury in Springfield returned the indictment that charges 41-year-old Sukhwinder Multani of Decatur with the offense.

The indictment alleges Multani prescribed hydrocodone on three occasions between April 2014 and August 2014. Investigations allege the substance was prescribed outside the course of professional medical practice and with no legitimate medical purpose.

According to the Central Illinois U.S. Attorney’s office, Multani was an authorized Drug Enforcement Administration registrant as well as engaged in private practice as Universal Walk-In Urgent Care.

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation Division of Professional Regulation also revealed in its public documents that Multani’s licenses were ordered suspended in September 2014.

The U.S. Clerk of the Court will issue a summons and date for Multani to appear for arraignment.

If convicted, each distribution carries a maximum penalty of ten years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elly M. Peirson.

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