Two Indian American Pennsylvania doctors found not guilty on drug charges
MOON TOWNSHIP, PA. — After 9 day trial, A federal trial ends in ‘not guilty’ verdicts for two local Indian American doctors Dr. Krishan Kumar Aggarwal, of Moon Township, Pennsylvania, and Dr. Cherian John, of Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, . The pair faced more than a dozen combined charges for unlawfully prescribing Suboxone.
Both doctors had prominent, long-time practices in Weirton. Dr. Cherian John is a cardiologist, practicing for the last 33 years. Dr. Krishan Aggarwal has seen patients for 42 years as a physician.
Both, on donated time, worked for Suboxone clinics in an effort to combat the drug epidemic in the Ohio Valley and Pittsburgh areas, but the government questioned their intent.
“Dr. Aggarwal is 75 years old. Most people would be riding off in the sunset and retired. He lost a nephew in India to drug addiction,” said Aggarwal’s attorney, Mike Nogay. “ His motives were pure and altruistic…The jury saw that.”
The defense called 19 witnesses to the stand. Nine of them were patients who gave credit to both doctors for changing their lives in a positive way. Two experts in the drug field also testified.
The doctors were found not guilty on 14 combined charges.
“Notwithstanding the verdict, we remain steadfast in our intention to prosecute matters which we believe, based upon the evidence, support prosecution. Jury trials are an adversarial process and do not provide guaranteed results. Though we disagree with the jury in this case, the jury has spoken and that is part of the process, which we have the utmost respect for. Our team worked very hard and this verdict will not deter our efforts on the opioid front,” United States Attorney Bill Powell said.