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Ex-Charleroi doctor loses license

| Friday, Aug. 6, 2004

The state Board of Medicine has suspended the license of a former Charleroi physician.

Dr. Doyle Leroy Tarwater, of 103 Sherborne Drive, McMurray, was stripped of his medical license for 10 years after he pleaded guilty to a felony drug violation, according to a Board of Medicine press release. The suspension went into effect May 21, but the decision wasn't released until recently.

Tarwater pleaded guilty Nov. 12, 2003, in Washington County Court to three felony counts and one misdemeanor charge related to illegal conduct on his behalf.

He illegally issued prescription drugs and made sexual advances to an undercover agent who posed as a patient.

Tarwater also pleaded guilty to Medicaid fraud and insurance fraud. Both are third degree felony violations.

Tarwater pleaded no contest to a second degree misdemeanor indecent assault charge.

Judge Paul Pozonsky sentenced Tarwater to 18 months probation for the violations.

Agents from the state Attorney General's Medicaid fraud unit shut down Tarwater's office on McKean Avenue in Charleroi Sept. 19, 2002, and confiscated his medical records.

Undercover agent Mindy Perry obtained five prescriptions -- 224 Vicodin pills in -- while making 17 medical office visits from June 24 to Sept. 9, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Tarwater was also charged with making "indecent contact" with Perry at his office without her consent.

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