UPDATE | Doctor indicted in painkiller scheme

YOUNGSTOWN — About 30 patients received opioid prescriptions with "minimal examination" from a Boardman foot doctor, alleges an indictment.

Mahoning County Prosecutor Paul Gains and Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced today Dr. James Prommersberger, 55, is facing 79 felony counts of illegal processing of drug documents, trafficking in drugs, Medicaid fraud and grand theft, according to a release from Gains' office.

The Ohio Pharmacy Board, responding to area pharmacies' complaints of the doctor's "suspicious" opioid prescriptions, sent undercover agents to Prommersberger's Boardman office, where they were prescribed opioids "with only a minimal examination," reads the release.

Patient files were also seized through a search warrant of the offices.

"An examination of those files by a medical expert revealed that there was no medical necessity to prescribe the opioids," the release states.

Prommersberger is due for arraignment Tuesday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

Gains said today Prommersberger has yet to have his medical license revoked, but that the Ohio Medical Board is expected to take action against him.

Read more in Saturday's Vindicator and on Vindy.com.

9:58 a.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — A Mahoning County grand jury has issued a 79-count indictment against a Windham Court doctor for illegally selling or supplying prescription painkillers.

Dr. James Prommersberger, 55, faces charges of illegal processing of drug documents, trafficking in drugs, Medicaid fraud and grand theft.

The indictment says the illegal activity took place between 2013 and 2017.

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