West Richland Police Investigating Local Doctor
The Tri-City doctor who's license to write narcotic prescriptions was suspended by the State Health Department is also being investigated by police.
"He started out as being a victim then he turned into a suspect," said West Richland Police Chief Layne Erdman.
West Richland Police said Doctor Alan Hunt had a brief practice in their city. While there, he filed a report of a prescription pad that was stolen. The allegation developed into a full-blown investigation of Hunt.
"We found out there were a number of people paying for their prescriptions (to be written)," said Erdman.
The State Health Department said they started investigating Hunt back in 1997. He was released in 2001 of past stipulations, but they said his patients recently filed more complaints saying his constant moving offices made it hard to get a hold of him.
KNDU has learned of six separate practices within the past several years.
Hunt is yet to have a hearing with the health department about their allegations he "excessively over-prescribed" narcotics and wasn't available for doctors, pharmacists, and patients when they tried to contact him.
Erdman said information keeps rolling in and tips pointing to dangerous prescriptions written fraudulently are the basis of the investigation.
"It's dangerous for that to be out in the community," said Erdman.
Hunt said he plans on appealing the civil allegations brought against him my the state.