GLENDORA, Calif. (KTLA) -- Police arrested a doctor suspected of prescribing addictive medication to patients who didn't need it and pocketing the money.
Glendora Police served two search warrants to Dr. Rolando Lodevico Atiga Thursday.
According to Captain Tim Staab, for the past two months, 69-year-old Atiga had been prescribing highly addictive drugs such as oxycodone, vicodin, xanax and percocet to patients for $200 to $400 in cash, reported the Glendora Patch.
Undercover officers posing as patients went to Atigas office.
Atiga asked one undercover officer to supply him X-rays so he could prescribe medication.
The officer returned and supplied him X-rays of her dog, and although Atiga examined the X-rays, he still wrote her a prescription for painkillers.
Either Sparky the dog, you know, really, really, badly needs percocet or this doctor was a petty drug dealer masquerading as a physician, Staab told the Glendora Patch.
Atiga also required patients to tip his receptionist $50, said Staab.
Atiga will be charged with two health and safety code violations, including prescribing highly addictive medication not in the course of professional treatment.
Atiga faces up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $20,000 if convicted. He is scheduled to appear in court on July 16.
Glendora Doctor Arrested in Drugs for Cash Scheme
Dr. Rolando Lodevico Atiga was arrested at his Glendora office. (Glendora Patch)