Dr. John Katsetos, 53, of Fairfield waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty in Hartford federal court to narcotics distribution and health care fraud offenses stemming from illegal dispensation of oxycodone and other controlled substances, according to Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut.
“We are committed to uncovering and prosecuting those involved in narcotics distribution regardless of their station in life, and especially anyone who uses their medical license to flood the community with controlled substances that feed addictions and have a corrosive effect on our communities,” said U.S. Attorney Daly.
According to court documents and statements made in court, Katsetos 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. In pleading guilty, Katsetos admitted that he failed to perform rudimentary examinations of patients to justify the controlled substances he prescribed, and that he had been warned by a doctor and several pharmacists, some of whom stopped filling his prescriptions, that he should stop prescribing oxycodone and other narcotic pain medications to certain patients, Daly’s office said in a statement sent to the press.
The investigation, which included the use of undercover law enforcement personnel, showed that Katsetos continued to prescribe controlled substances, including oxycodone, to these patients, the press release states.
When he is sentenced by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant, Katsetos faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 30 years and fines of up to $1.25 million.
If the terms of the plea agreement are accepted by Judge Bryant, Katsetos faces between 48 months and 84 months of imprisonment, $497,789 in restitution, and forfeiture of $550,000, which represents the value of his medical practice, court officials said.
A sentencing date has not been scheduled.
Katsetos was arrested on July 1, 2014, and is released on a $1 million bond.