Police on Friday were investigating allegations of prescription fraud against a dentist also accused of possibly exposing patients to HIV and other infections by reusing syringes and needles.
Police began their probe of the allegations against Stephen Stein after the state attorney general’s office contacted them and the Denver district attorney’s office in April, The Denver Post reported. The allegations of prescription fraud are apparently separate from accusations that Stein’s practice re-used medical instruments.
No working phone number could be found for Stein.
Police and prosecutors said they did not know whether the prescription fraud inquiry would expand to include a criminal investigation of the allegations that Stein’s practice reused syringes and needles for patients getting intravenous drugs.
Letters were mailed Thursday to at least 8,000 patients advising them to be tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, if they received intravenous drugs under Stein’s care. It remained unclear how many received injections.
Former patient Shannon Stamey told KMGH-TV that she saw Stein for a dental implant in 2008 and found out about the allegations through a posting on Facebook. She has tested negative for HIV and hepatitis.
“I immediately, actually, began shaking,” she said as she recalled her anger. “I don’t really understand how someone could do that or why you would do that, and why no one would speak up for 12 years.
Image via Shutterstock
This is absolutely fawked up!!! The whole debacle needs investigation and if guilty this dude not only loses his license permanently he should go to jail too.