CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ/AP) – UPDATE 5/9/19 12:40PM
A federal judge has declared a mistrial in the case of a West Virginia doctor charged with illegally distributing prescription opioid medications.
Muhammed Samer Nasher- Alneam is accused of writing prescriptions to patients who were suffering from opioid addiction. He was facing 14 counts of illegal drug distribution, two charges of distribution causing death, two charges of maintaining drug-controlled premises and one count of international money laundering. He had denied wrongdoing.
The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports jurors deliberated for four days before reporting that they had been unable to reach a verdict in the case.
U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart tweeted on Tuesday that federal prosecutors intend to have a new trial.
Nasher-Alneam operated the Neurology & Pain Center PLLC and his personal medical practice in Charleston.
ORIGINAL STORY 9/13/18 1:45PM
A doctor accused of overprescribing pain medicine, leading to one patient's death, is facing additional charges.
The grand jury's superseding indictment (replaces previous indictment) was released Thursday and it includes 22 charges.
Muhammed Samer Nasher-Alneam, M.D., ran the Neurology and Pain Center in the 400 block of Division Street in Charleston as well as a medical practice in the 4500 block of MacCorkle Avenue. A grand jury found that Nasher-Alneam prescribed painkillers “not for legitimate medical purposes."
He previously faced a 15-count federal indictment. Now, Nasher-Alneam is charged with 14 counts of illegal drug distributions, two counts of distribution causing death, two counts of maintaining a drug-involved premise, and four counts of international money laundering.
The indictment includes the initials of patients he prescribed the drugs to, the locations, and the dates. At least eight different patients are on the list and the dates range from 2013 to 2017.
According to the indictment, the doctor wire transferred at least $289,000 to Istanbul, Turkey over several years. Most of the money was transferred in 2014.