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A federal grand jury indictment unsealed Monday accuses a Fountain Valley-based physician and two of his assistants of issuing unneeded prescription drugs for patients, with four of the recipients dying days later.

The indictment, which was returned Wednesday, was unsealed after one of the defendants was arrested Monday morning in the Bay Area on the drug trafficking charges, according to Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Dr. Victor Boom Huat Siew, 65, of Laguna Beach, is expected to surrender to authorities Tuesday and make his initial court appearance in Santa Ana that afternoon.

Kaitlyn Phuong Nguyen, 31, of San Jose, was arrested Monday morning and was due in court Monday in Northern California. Another co-defendant, Thanh Nha T. Pham, 45, of Fountain Valley, will surrender to authorities later this week, Mrozek said.

Siew had a practice in Fountain Valley, and Nguyen and Pham worked for him as physician assistants and would see patients when the doctor was unavailable, according to the indictment.

The three are accused of dispensing prescriptions for drugs such as oxycodone, methadone and alprazolam despite the lack of a “legitimate medical purpose,” the indictment alleges.

The alleged conspiracy started in January 2009. Dr. Siew is accused of issuing a prescription for methadone, alprazolam and amphetamine salts to a patient who died eight days later from “acute polydrug intoxication,” according to the indictment.

Another patient died two days after receiving a prescription from Siew for methadone, alprazolam, hydroxyalprazolam, desalkyflurazepam and nordiazepam, the indictment alleges.

A confidential informant received a prescription from Nguyen — that had been “pre-signed” by the doctor — for various drugs on Aug. 27, 2012, according to the indictment. Another patient received a prescription from Nguyen that was pre-signed by Siew on Sept. 21, 2012, the indictment alleges.

Another patient who received a prescription from Siew on Jan. 9, 2013, died three days later from an overdose, according to the indictment, which alleges that another patient died eight days after receiving a prescription from Siew on Nov. 12, 2013.

— Wire reports 


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