North Ridgeville dentist indicted for illegal prescriptions

CLEVELAND — Dentist Corey J. Schmidt, of North Ridgeville, was indicted on charges of trafficking offenses, insurance fraud and theft after illegally writing drug prescriptions for people who were not formally his patients, according to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office.
Also indicted on drug possession charges were Abdel Abedrabbo, 30, of North Olmsted; John Mandia, 43, of Acworth, Georgia; Kelly Martin, 41, of Cleveland; and Crystal Zond, 31, of Lakewood, the prosecutor’s office stated.

All of them obtained drugs using prescriptions written by Schmidt, according to the prosecutor’s office.

Between March 10, 2011, and Oct. 28, 2012, Schmidt is accused of illegally writing prescriptions for Schedule II and III drugs including oxycodone and hydrocodone.

An investigation by the Westshore Enforcement Bureau and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation revealed that Schmidt was practicing without a DEA license from 2010 through 2011, according to the prosecutor’s office.

In January 2012, Schmidt requested and was given a new DEA license which allowed him to prescribe Schedule III, IV, and V drugs, not Schedule II drugs, according to the prosecutor’s office.

It also was discovered that there was no documentation that Abedrabbo, Mandia, Acworth, Martin and Zond were ever seen in Schmidt’s dental office at the time these prescriptions were written, the prosecutor’s office stated.

On Aug. 29, 2011, and Nov. 4, 2011, Schmidt submitted false insurance claims providing him a $2,000 pay out for dental work never completed, according to the prosecutor’s office.

A complaint received by a pharmacist at a CVS store in North Ridgeville uncovered Schmidt’s scheme, according to the prosecutor’s office.

A call to the phone number on a script that had been taken to CVS revealed that Schmidt no longer worked at the practice that was listed.

Later on in the investigation, it was learned Schmidt had been terminated by the practice in June 2012 for performance, attendance and substance abuse issues, according to prosecutor’s office.

Schmidt and the other defendants are scheduled to be arraigned June 19.

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