A Towson gynecologist pleaded guilty in federal county Wednesday to drug distribution charges.
The Maryland Board of Physicians suspended Dr. John Yacoub's medical license in October after allegations that he used and distributed drugs, had an affair with a patient and stored images of female genitalia on his mobile phone were leveled against him.
On Wednesday, Yacoub pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute fentanyl, hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine and methadone.
According to the plea agreement, Yacoub gave prescriptions and pills to his Nevada-based girlfriend between 2012 and 2013.
He gave his girlfriend, who was a drug addict, Vicodin, oxycodone and morphine, according to a release from the Maryland US Attorney’s Office.
He ultimately asked two other people to help him get additional prescription medication for his girlfriend in exchange for giving them prescriptions for methadone.
The exchange involved Yacoub giving the two people prescriptions for methadone and an additional prescription for morphine, the pair paid for those medications using Medicaid then gave the morphine back to Yacoub or his girlfriend.
Medicaid paid for $2,375.92 for the morphine this person received on Yacoub’s behalf.
Neither Yacoub’s girlfriend nor the other two people had any indication in their medical files that they needed the prescriptions for medical reasons.
“Dr. Yacoub a long standing medical doctor, not only broke the law by drug trafficking, he betrayed the trust bestowed upon him by the public,” Gary Tuggle, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration in Baltimore, said in a release. “Members of the medical community are not untouchable when they prescribe controlled substances for no legitimate reason. The abuse of diverted prescription pain medication is the fastest growing drug problem in our country and our DEA Tactical Diversion Program is ready to tackle this problem.”
Yacoub faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled to take place at 9 a.m. Sept. 23.