An Encino doctor who pleaded no contest to unlawfully prescribing prescription drugs, including hydrocodone, was taken from the courtroom on a stretcher Wednesday after being given a two-year county jail term.
Dr. Yahya Hedvat, 69, fell backward, knocking his attorney to the floor with him, just after Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Dennis Landin imposed the sentence, according to Deputy District Attorney John Niedermann.
Paramedics were summoned, according to the prosecutor.
Along with the two-year jail term, which Hedvat is scheduled to begin serving on Feb. 18, the judge suspended an additional five years in jail during which time Hedvat will be on mandatory supervised release, Niedermann said.
Hedvat pleaded no contest in November to 11 counts that were filed in two separate cases.
Prosecutors first charged him in 2013 with 10 counts of unlawfully prescribing a controlled substance and sale/offer to sell/transportation of a controlled substance.
Hedvat — who operated a medical clinic called Urgent Care — was charged last August with one new count that stemmed from allegations that an undercover California Medical Board investigator negotiated the purchase of additional drugs from the doctor while he was free on bail.
Nikravan Hormuz, 70, who had worked as Hedvat’s medical assistant, pleaded no contest last November to one count of being an accessory after the fact and was immediately sentenced to three years probation.
— City News Service