A Ventura Doctor of Podiatric Medicine has been arrested after an investigation revealed he engaged in prescription fraud.
Dr. Randolph Nordyke was arrested last month at his home in San Diego after an investigation revealed he was falsifying prescriptions and doctor shopping. The investigation was conducted by the Division of Investigation’s Health Quality Investigation Unit – Valencia Field Office, the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit, and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
Investigators discovered Nordyke – who was reportedly retired from practice, wrote prescriptions for oxycodone in the name of a former patient and posed as the patient’s husband to pick up the prescriptions. Investigators also determined he was doctor shopping in Ventura County in an attempt to obtain oxycodone prescriptions.
The investigation into his doctor shopping is ongoing and investigators are also working to determine if there are additional identity theft victims.
Following his arrest, Nordyke surrendered his privilege to prescribe controlled substances. His license with the California Board of Podiatric Medicine was on probation prior to his arrest and may face additional administrative actions.
Nordyke will appear before the Ventura County Superior Court to face charges of identity theft, unlawfully prescribing controlled substances, forging prescriptions and burglary.
Read the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office press release here.