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Lebanon, Virginia psychiatrist indicted on federal drug trafficking, healthcare fraud charge
By Zach Irby
March 20, 2018

Psychiatrist Alfredo Cervantes

Psychiatrist Alfredo Cervantes

ABINGDON, Va. — A Lebanon, Virginia-based psychiatrist faces 25 federal drug trafficking and healthcare fraud charges following an indictment by a federal grand jury in Abingdon.

Alfredo Cervantes, 61, of Abingdon is charged in an indictment returned last week following his arrest on 23 counts of unlawfully distributing a Schedule IV controlled substance, one count of healthcare fraud and one count of wire fraud.

Cervantes, a psychiatrist who provides treatment on an outpatient basis, engaged in sexual relations with one of his patients while prescribing her with Schedule IV controlled substances without legitimate medical purpose.

The substances included Alprazolam (commonly referred to by the brand name Xanax), Clonazepam and Zolipidem Tartrate. The Indictment further alleges that Cervantes caused health insurance providers, including Virginia Medicaid, to pay for unnecessary psychotherapy treatments and prescription drugs.

A Grand Jury Indictment is only a charge and not evidence of guilt. The defendant is entitled to a fair trial with the burden on the government to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.