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

August 25, 2014

New Cumberland doctor arrested for diversion of prescription painkillers

2014_08_25_Dr_David_WaitHARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced charges against a New Cumberland doctor for allegedly prescribing Oxycodone to people not under his care in exchange for cash. 

The criminal charges state that Dr. David Wait, 55, 1103 Bridge St., New Cumberland, Cumberland County, sold two prescriptions for a total of 60 Oxycodone tablets to confidential informants for $1,500 at a local convenience store.

The affidavit of probable cause states that over the course of the investigation, Dr. Wait sold fake prescriptions that he printed from his home computer for hundreds of dollars to patients he never examined and wrote multiple prescriptions for 30 Oxycodone tablets to patients within 30 days. 

Dr. Wait was arrested on Friday, Aug. 22 and charged with two counts of unlawful prescription of controlled substance by practitioner and one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activity. He is being held in the Cumberland County Prison in lieu of $2 million bail. 

The case will be prosecuted by Deputy Attorney General Kate Gibson of the Attorney General's Drug Strike Force Section.

Attorney General Kane thanked the Pennsylvania State Police, DEA and Cumberland County Drug Task Force for their assistance with the investigation.

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

# # #