Poland psychiatrist jailed, accused of lying to get prescription
By Mike Gauntner
May 21, 2019

Psychiatrist Pradeep Mathur

Psychiatrist Pradeep Mathur

A Poland psychiatrist was booked into the Mahoning County jail Monday after investigators say he lied to obtain prescriptions for a family member.

The Mahonng County Grand Jury indicted 61-year-old Dr. Pradeep Mathur on charges of deception to obtain and dangerous drug, violation of drug database laws, and illegal processing of drug documents.

According to the indictment, Dr. Mathur allegedly lied to obtain Amrodafinil, also known as Nuvigil, a Schedule IV controlled substance.

Medicineplus.gov, an online database of medications, describes Amrodafinil as a stimulant commonly used to treat narcolepsy.

The indictment alleges that the deception occurred from June 2015 through 2018.

According to the charges, in at least one instance in 2018, Dr. Mathur accessed several OARRS accounts that were not his in order to obtain the drugs.

Jail records show that Dr. Mathur, who was scheduled for arraignment on Tuesday, was booked into the jail and also released on Monday.

State records indicate Dr. Mathur currently holds the license for Comprehensive Psychiatry Group in Boardman.

Dr. Mathur was previously reprimanded by the Ohio State Medical Board on the same allegations.

According to State Medical Board records, Dr. Mathur admitted that during 2016 and 2017 he supplemented the dosage of Amrodafinil that a family member was taking by using the names of other family members.

Dr. Mathur allegedly told the Medical Board that he felt that the dosage was too low, based on his personal observations.

In January, the Medical Board ordered Dr. Mathur to $18,000 in fines and take supplementary courses on prescribing practices.