Doctor, 93, sentenced for distributing opioids

LAS VEGAS - A 93-year-old Nevada doctor was sentenced to 10 years in prison for distributing large quantities of addictive prescription drugs and also ordered to pay a $2.5 million fine.

Dr. Henri Wetselaar was found guilty following a 10-week jury trial and sentenced Tuesday in federal court.

According to the Acting U.S. Attorney Steven Myhre for Nevada, Wetselaar performed house calls on the east side of Las Vegas and would prescribe drugs, including oxycodone, hydrocodone, Xanax and Soma to persons for no legitimate medical reason. Wetselaar also evaded the bank reporting requirements by making dozens of cash deposits at different banks.

The Nevada U.S. Attorney's Office says it is committed to combat the prescription opioid epidemic and continues to go after doctors who illegally sell or distribute prescription opioids. Westselaar is the fifth doctor sentenced for illegal distribution of drugs in recent years.


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