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Seminole dentist, doctor accused of writing each other prescriptions for pain pills

SEMINOLE — Pinellas deputies accused two doctors of writing each other hundreds of prescriptions for thousands of pills Monday.

Dentist Kevin O'Callaghan and podiatrist Brian Hameroff were arrested Monday after a four-month investigation titled "Operation Doctor Doctor," according to deputies.

Over three years, Hameroff, 39, received 91 prescriptions for 840 hydrocodone pills, 660 lorazepam pills and 1,960 oxycodone pills, deputies said.

In that same period, O'Callaghan, 49, received 120 prescriptions for 480 hydrocodone pills, 1,230 lorazepam pills and 2,620 oxycodone pills, according to deputies.

"It looks like they were for personal use," said Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Cecilia Barreda.

Deputies said the two doctors wrote prescriptions for 30 to 40 pills a week, got them filled sporadically at different pharmacies and paid cash.

Both doctors face 15 counts of employing a scheme to assist another person to obtain a controlled substance.

Deputies said they learned about the prescription writing after receiving a tip in January about suspicious activity involving two physicians.

O'Callaghan's office is at 5481 Seminole Blvd. Hameroff's is at 10863 Park Blvd., Suite A.

Police ask anyone with additional information to call the countywide strategic diversion task force at (727) 582-6200.

Seminole dentist, doctor accused of writing each other prescriptions for pain pills 04/04/11 [Last modified: Monday, April 4, 2011 11:53pm]
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