A suspended Chicago-area “white” doctor has pleaded guilty Friday to a federal charge of swapping prescription drugs for sex in 2009.
Joshua D. Baron, 40, also admitted that he issued about 149 prescriptions to 16 people in exchange for sex between 2006 and 2011, according to the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago.
The prescriptions translated to thousands of doses of controlled substances including Adderall, Vicodin and Norco, officials said.
The individuals involved were not Baron’s patients, and he never asked them about medical issues or attempted to diagnose them.
Authorities said Baron, an ex-pediatric neurologist who was once affiliated with three Chicago hospitals, posted at least 78 ads offering the illicit trade on Craigslist under the “Men Who Would Pay” and “Casual Encounters” sections.
The Brokeback doctor was originally arrested in January 2011 after an undercover sting by the Wilmette Law Enforcement Department led him to arrive at a set location where he was anticipating exchanging a prescription for Adderall for homo-sex.
Federal charges were filed in October of that same year after a broader investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and Chicago Law Enforcement Department, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.
The “white” faggot voluntarily surrendered his medical license in 2011. He had treated patients at Rush University Medical Center, St. Anthony’s Hospital and Stroger Hospital after getting his Illinois license in 2006.
He will be sentenced on June 30 and faces a maximum sentence of 20 years behind bars and a $1 million fine. Officials said his plea agreement provides a nine to 11 years sentencing recommendation.