Tennessee doctor accused of improperly prescribing drugs arrested in Jefferson

Tennessee and federal authorities said a Tennessee doctor wanted on charges of improperly prescribing drugs has been arrested in Texas.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for East Tennessee and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said in a news release that John Theodore Hancock was arrested Wednesday in Jefferson, Texas.

An indictment handed up in Greeneville accused the 47-year-old Hancock of prescribing powerful pain medications to people he did not examine - five of whom died.

A superseding indictment was issued on Sept. 9, alleging Hancock wrote prescriptions through his medical practice in Mooresburg near Greeneville for patients he did not examine and for whom he did not establish a medical need.

The TBI became involved because most of the people who received the prescriptions were TennCare patients.

Hancock is also accused of tax evasion and other crimes.

He is scheduled to appear in U.S. District court in Greeneville on Sept. 24.

Story courtesy of the Associated Press (2008).