Two Indian-American physicians from Pennsylvania acquitted of drug charges

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After an eight-day trial, Dr. Krishan Kumar Aggarwal, of Moon Township, Pennsylvania, and Dr. Cherian John, of Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, were found not guilty of drug charges by a federal jury.

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The United States Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia Bill Powell, announced the result June 14. Powell said prosecutors did not agree with the verdict but the jury decision of non-guilty prevails.

“The jury returned not guilty verdicts against Dr. Aggarwal and Dr. John.  …   Though we disagree with the jury in this case, the jury has spoken and that is part of the process, which we have the utmost respect for,” Powell is quoted saying in the press release.

A federal jury deliberated for nearly eight hours before finding Aggarwal, 75, and John, 66, not guilty of one count of “Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances Outside the Bounds of Professional Medical Practice.”

Aggarwal and John were accused of contracting with Redirections Treatment Advocates, LLC, in Weirton, West Virginia, and allegedly writing illegitimate prescriptions for suboxone, some of which were paid for by Medicaid and Medicare, the Justice Department press release said.

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