Alabama doctor accused of recruiting prostitutes as patients

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WKRG) — Sixty doctors, pharmacists, and other medical staff are charged in connection with alleged opioid pushing and health care fraud. And according to the federal agents, one Alabama doctor caught in this opioid sting recruited prostitutes as patients.

Authorities describe it as the largest known takedown of drug prescribers in the U.S. This raid includes the arrests of medical professionals in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Kentucky, Louisiana, Ohio, and several in Alabama.

One doctor who had been practicing medicine in Huntsville since 1982 is among those arrested. His case is unique because authorities say he and women he hired as prostitutes and recruited as patients stored, distributed and used illegal drugs in his home.

65-year-old Marshall Plotka was taken into custody after a neighbor called 911 when a scantily-clad 20-year-old woman, who appeared to be hallucinating on Plotka’s front porch, told them people in the house were trying to kill her. She had been the doctor’s patient since 2015. 

Plotka is currently a federal inmate in the Morgan County Jail.

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