Kathleen G. Kane - Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General - Protecting Pennsylvanians

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January 27, 2012

Washington County dentist arrested for excessively prescribing narcotics to patients

KokoskaHARRISBURG ? A Washington County dentist, who allegedly prescribed more than 6,600 narcotic pain killers to seven patients, was arrested today by state narcotics and Medicaid fraud agents.

Attorney General Linda Kelly identified the defendant as Dr. Charles Kokoska, 48, 2 Mill St., Millsboro, Washington County.  Dr. Kokoska is a dentist with offices located at his Mill Street home and at 161 Waterdam Road, McMurray, Washington County.

According to the criminal complaint, between January 2009 and October 2010 Dr. Kokoska wrote more than 300 prescriptions for more than 6,600 narcotic pain killers to at least seven different patients.

Kelly said that the prescriptions were written for the powerful prescription pain killers Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, and Propoxyphene and filled at various pharmacies in Allegheny, Fayette, Greene and Washington counties. Dr. Kokoska also wrote prescriptions for Diazepam, a generic form of Xanax, commonly used to treat anxiety.

Dr. Kokoska is charged with seven counts of prohibited acts by medical professional and two counts of provider prohibited acts.

He was preliminarily arraigned before Brownsville Magisterial District Judge Joshua Kanalis and released on $250,000 unsecured bail.
Kelly thanked the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) for their assistance with the investigation.

The case will be prosecuted in Washington County by Senior Deputy Attorney General Tomm Mutschler of the Attorney General?s Drug Strike Force Section and Senior Deputy Attorney General Mark Serge of the Attorney General?s Medicaid Fraud Control Section.

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(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)