Doctor from Racine facing felony drug distribution charges

Doctor from Racine facing felony drug distribution charges

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KENOSHA — A local physician is charged with 61 counts of felony drug distribution, alleged to have been overprescribing Adderall, oxycodone and weight-loss drugs.

Nedal Mejalli, 57, of Racine, was a family practice doctor and a hospitalist at Froedtert South, which runs hospitals in Kenosha and Pleasant Prairie, until spring 2019 when he was charged with stalking a 22-year-old woman who worked as a certified nursing assistant at Froedtert Kenosha Hospital.

The young woman in that case told police she had been in a consensual relationship with Mejalli in 2018, but said he had been stalking her and harassing her since their breakup. The criminal charges were filed in March 2019 after he was alleged to have approached the woman in the hospital cafeteria and threatened to kill her.

According to the criminal complaint for the new charges, the drug investigation began at about the same time as police were investigating the stalking complaint.

The complaint states that the federal Drug Enforcement Administration began investigating “suspicious prescribing practices” by Mejalli in February 2019 based on information received from the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

Among the people cited in the complaint for the drug charges is the same woman named as the victim in the stalking case. She told a federal investigator and a Kenosha Police detective that Mejalli “regularly took Adderall with vodka and kept Adderall in his pockets.”

The criminal counts in the complaint are related to prescriptions written to three other women. One of the three said she was a heroin and prescription painkiller addict who met Mejalli when she was a dancer at a strip club, telling investigators he wrote her prescriptions and would send a man to bring her pills when she was “dope sick.”

The attorney representing Mejalli on the drug charges could not be reached for comment.

The complaint cites three women who received prescription drugs from Mejalli, including the dancer and two women who were health care workers.

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