Bartered Norco, Adderall for sex in cars
(ROBIN FITZGERALD, SUN HERALD) A local doctor has been fined $15,000 and sentenced to 18 months in prison for selling prescriptions to an escort and an undercover agent.
Ocean Springs, Mississippi resident Michael Jay Loebenberg, 64, was a gastroenterologist when an escort told drug agents the doctor had offered to trade sex for prescriptions, court papers show.
He was working for Digestive Health Center, but has since been fired.
U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. sentenced Loebenberg on Friday and allowed him to remain free on bond until he is told where and when to report to a federal prison. Guirola ordered the prison term followed by three years of probation.
Call girl had ‘no legitimate need’ for the drugs
A federal grand jury had indicted Loebenberg on Dec. 7, 2016, on 17 counts of possession with intent to distribute controlled substances outside the scope of professional practice.
Federal prosecutors alleged there were no office visits, medical exams or legitimate need for the drugs.
Drugs named in court records are Norco, Adderall and Adipex.
Loebenberg pleaded guilty June 21 to a charge involving Adipex, an appetite suppressant that is not a narcotic but is a controlled substance.
BMW, Audi and Dodge Ram meetings
He came under investigation Jan. 13, 2016, when Biloxi police and the Drug Enforcement Administration met with an escort who said Loebenberg had offered to exchange sex for prescriptions.
State and federal drug agents encouraged the escort to set up a meeting to buy drugs from him, according to legal papers. The escort bought a 90-pill prescription for Norco from Loebenberg on Jan. 29, 2016, while he sat in a car outside Popp’s Pizzeria on Cedar Lake Road in Biloxi.
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