August 1, 2014

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Dentist accused of writing illegal prescriptions

North Ridgeville dentist Dr. Corey Schmidt is accused of writing illegal drug prescriptions.

Schmidt, 43, was indicted Thursday on charges of drug trafficking, theft and insurance fraud, according to a news release from the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office. Between March 2011 and October last year, Schmidt is accused of writing illegal prescriptions for drugs that included hydrocodone and oxycodone.

He also is accused of practicing without a license from the Drug Enforcement Administration between 2010 and 2011. Schmidt received a license last year, but it didn’t allow him to prescribe the drugs he is accused of prescribing.

Four other people were charged with drug possession in relation to Schmidt, but the release said they were never seen in Schmidt’s dental office when the prescriptions were written.

The investigation was triggered by a CVS pharmacist in North Ridgeville who called the number for a dentist’s office on a prescription that pharmacy received that and was told Schmidt no longer worked there.

The release said Schmidt was fired in June of last year for poor attendance, performance and drug abuse. Schmidt couldn’t be reached for comment Thursday night.