Drug Enforcement Administration

San Diego

Karen I. Flowers, Special Agent in Charge

August 31, 2016

Contact: Kameron Korte

Phone Number: (571) 324-6204

Doctor Arrested For Providing Prescriptions In Exchange For Sex Acts

SAN DIEGO - Physician Naga Raja Thota, a pain specialist with an office in El Cajon, was arrested this morning and charged with distributing oxycodone and other highly addictive drugs without any legitimate medical purpose in exchange for sex acts.  The doctor was taken into custody by San Diego Drug Enforcement Administration agents at his practice.

The complaint said at least two young women received prescriptions for opioids without a legitimate
medical purpose on numerous occasions in exchange for sex acts. The complaint also shows a pattern in which sexually-explicit texts are exchanged by the doctor and the women, followed by prescriptions
written for them by Thota.  According to the complaint, one victim said she met Thota when she was hospitalized for withdrawal symptoms for Hydrocodone and Alprazolam. Thota agreed to treat her but documented that his treatment was for pain even though this victim did not suffer from any medical condition that caused chronic or ongoing pain. This victim also stated that Thota kept increasing the dosage.

“Doctors who exploit patients are the worst kind of predators.” said DEA San Diego Special Agent in
Charge William Sherman. “DEA recognizes the trust the citizens of San Diego place in their doctors. We will continue to ensure that physicians who are abusing that trust by bartering sex for prescriptions will be arrested and prosecuted.”

The above victim, who was 20 years old when she met Thota, said she felt that if she did not submit to sexual acts with Thota he would not have provided her with additional opioid prescriptions. After being exposed to greater dosage levels of opioids by Thota, the young woman started using an even stronger opioid - heroin.

 If anyone has information regarding other victims or if you believe you were victimized by Dr. Thota, we urge you to contact DEA (858) 616-4100 and ask for the Diversion duty agent.  Under Title 21, United States Code, Section 841, and Title 21, United States Code of Federal Regulations,
Section 1306.04(a), a medical doctor may not prescribe a controlled substance unless there is a legitimate medical purpose.

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