LOS ANGELES -- A doctor accused of supplying Anna Nicole Smith with drugs has surrendered, according to Los Angeles police.
Khristine Eroshevich turned herself in to authorities at about 11:00 this morning to face charges of excessively prescribing drugs to Anna Nicole Smith before the former model's overdose death in 2007. She was later released on $20,000 bail.
Eroshevich, Smith's personal psychiatrist and friend, is oneof three people charged with conspiracy and other counts in the case.
California Attorney General Jerry Brown said Friday that Eroshevich, Smith's long time attorney and companion Howard K. Stern, 40, and Dr. Sandeep Kapoor gave Smith addictive drugs "knowingly" and "with tragic consequences."
"These people were caught up in being in a relationship with and being around the celebrity Anna Nicole Smith," Brown added.
Stern, Kapoor and Eroshevich were each charged Thursday with a single count of felony conspiracy, among other offenses, including unlawfully prescribing a controlled substance and prescribing, administering or dispensing a controlled substance to an addict, authorities said.
They are scheduled to be arraigned May 13th.
"What we have in this case is a conspiracy among three individuals," Brown said.
"Howard K. Stern is the principal enabler. Dr. Eroshevich and Dr. Kapoor are prescribing drugs excessively to a known addict and using false and fictitious names all in violation of the law and in furtherance of a conspiracy."
The charges allege that the trio conspired to give opiates, benzodiazapines and other controlled substances to the one-time Playboy playmate between June 5, 2004, and January 26, 2007, just two weeks before her death from an overdose.
Kapoor and Eroshevich were also each charged with one count of obtaining a prescription for opiates by "fraud, deceit or misrepresentation," and one count of obtaining a prescription for opiates by giving a false name or address.
Stern and Dr. Sandeep Kapoor were released late Thursday after posting $20,000 bond.
The investigation leading to the charges against Stern and the doctors began in October 2007, when investigators served search warrants at various medical offices in Los Angeles and Orange counties. The offices of Eroshevich and Kapoor were both searched.
Anna Nicole Smith died on February 8, 2007 of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs in Hollywood, Florida. She was 39-years-old at the time.
Eleven prescription medications were found in Smith's hotel room the day she died, according to the medical examiner. Also, more than 600 pills were missing from prescriptions that were only several weeks old when Smith died.
Most of the drugs were prescribed in Stern's name, and none were prescribed in Smith's own name. Prosecutors say some of the medications included valium, vicodin, xanax, ambien and methadone.
The medical examiner's office has said that Eroshevich authorized all the prescription medications found in the room.
Eroshevich's attorney acknowledged that his client wrote some of the prescriptions using fictitious names for Smith, but said she did so for "privacy reasons," not to commit fraud.
The other defendants' attorneys did not immediately release statements.
At the time of her death, Smith had just given birth to a daughter, Dannielynn Hope. The girl became the focus of a lengthy custody battle between Stern and photographer Larry Birkhead.
DNA tests ultimately determined that Birkhead was the father, and he was granted sole custody of Dannielynn.
Smith's death also followed shortly after the death of her 20-year-old son Daniel in September 2006, also from an accidental drug overdose.
Eroshevich began treating Smith following Daniel's death. She traveled with the starlet on several occasions over a six-month period to the Bahamas, where Smith was living with Stern.
Brown focused much of his Friday news conference on the two doctors, saying that "dangerous chemicals" made available by unscrupulous physicians represent a greater danger than a lot of street drugs.
Brown said he is "personally committed" to stopping such abuses, calling the effort a "crackdown."Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times