Former Newton doctor indicted for prescribing controlled substances
DES MOINES — Dr. Lafayette James Twyner, 63, of Newton was arraigned in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa today on a 114 count-indictment with charges relating to his alleged unlawful dissemination of controlled substances to patients.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Celeste F. Bremer scheduled Twyner’s trial for the two-week period beginning Jan. 7 and ordered that he remain released on conditions pending further proceedings.
The indictment, filed Oct. 23, charges Twyner with prescribing controlled substances in a manner likely to cause, and that did cause, dependence, addiction, and in one case, death, as well as failing to change his prescribing practices, even after being made aware of obvious signs of patient drug abuse and diversion. Additionally, the indictment alleges he caused various insurance companies to be billed for prescriptions and services that were not for a legitimate medical purpose.
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