Milford doctor charged with improperly dispensing controlled substances

Dr. John Katsetos allegedly prescribed oxycodone to known addicts

A Fairfield doctor who practices in Milford was arrested yesterday on charges of improperly dispensing controlled substances.

Dr. John Katsetos, 52, of Fairfield, was arrested on a charge that he “exceeded the scope of his medical license to dispense controlled substances,” according to a press release from Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Michael J. Ferguson, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England.

Katsetos appeared today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Holly B. Fitzsimmons in Bridgeport and was released on a $1 million bond.

As alleged in a criminal complaint, Dr. Katsetos has practiced medicine for more than 20 years, most recently out of offices located at 90 Morgan Street in Stamford and 353 Bridgeport Avenue in Milford.  Katsetos operated as a general practitioner and was not a licensed as a pain specialist, officials said.

A long-term Drug Enforcement Administration investigation, which included the use of undercover law enforcement personnel, revealed that Katsetos was writing prescriptions for large quantities of Schedules II, III, IV and V controlled substances outside the scope of legitimate medical practice, U.S. officials said in a press release.

The complaint further alleges that a vast majority of these prescriptions were for medications that contain oxycodone, and that Katsetos prescribed oxycodone despite awareness that his patients were addicted, had been arrested for possessing and distributing controlled substances, or were not actually using oxycodone themselves.

The complaint charges Katsetos with conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, an offense that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years and a fine of up to $1 million.

U.S. Attorney Daly stressed that a complaint is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  Charges are only allegations, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

This matter is being investigated by the DEA’s New Haven Tactical Diversion Squad and the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, with the assistance of the State of Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection Drug Control Division, and several local police departments.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Rahul Kale and Alina Reynolds.

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  • chesler

    What’s the limit on what a licensed doctor may prescribe?


    dr k know that my family and friends are behind you you are the most caring person I know you always have time for us you even saved my husbands jimmys life those people jumped the gun and whatever we can to to support you and your family just ask you know we adore you please stay strong



  • Ron Waverley

    Dr. John, hang tight. This is nonsense!! I’ve been your patient for over 12 years and know you didn’t do wrong.

  • gary

    This is totally bullshit … he is a caring and compassionate Doctor and could care less about anything other then his patients and families !!!! There are NOT VERY MANY LIKE HIM . I THINK HE IS INNOCENT and will pray he is released and free of all charges

  • Charmaine M. Crawley

    Whoever is supporting this doctor is a patient and a drug addict of his!!!! I work in a pharmacy and one of our customers was talking about it today and how he is left to find a legimitate doctor real quick to get his maintenance medication. This man is so so guilty!!!!!

    • JT

      Complete nonsense. This is a good man and a great Dr.

    • Michael Kucewicz

      Why don’t you keep talking,and keep violating the HIIPA laws while you’re at it? You are,no doubt,a technician or assistant,who has no idea of addiction,limited knowledge of the doctor,limited knowledge of the”customer” who had to find a “legitimate” doctor-as you put it,and it was VERY unprofessional for you to post such nonsense.You are NOT qualified to make a diagnosis and should keep your mouth shut! If you feel that you have some overzealous,patriotic need to persecute a professional caregiver who probably has more years in education,than you have on this planet,then contact the U.S. Attorney’s office and advise her of your unqualified opinions-if you haven’t already done so,and perhaps you can offer some expert,witness testimony.

  • Billy

    He is the best doctor I ever meet , I’ll do anything for him , he’s innocent , I hope I can go to court in his defense . , bill

  • john s

    he is a great doctor,and i will or would do anything it takes to help get out of this,keep your head up doc

  • Christine Pennell

    I am a nurse. I knew the young woman you killed. You are responisble for her death and the pain her family will endure for the rest of their lives. Your sentence is too short considering all the life she would have had left.

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