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Continued: Minnetrista plastic surgeon faces five forgery charges

  • Article by: VINCE TUSS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: January 29, 2010 - 9:30 PM

A plastic surgeon once disciplined by the state after writing prescriptions in the names of others for his own use is facing felony charges after allegedly doing it again.

Dr. Adam Lokeh, 41, was charged Thursday with five counts of aggravated forgery, with no bail required. He could not be reached for comment.

Lokeh, of Minnetrista, told St. Louis Park police that he had knee surgery and he didn't want to call his doctor for more medication because he was a recovering addict of prescription pain pills, according to the complaint filed in Hennepin County District Court.

The charges follow a December call to police from a Rainbow Foods pharmacy. According to the complaint:

The pharmacy manager became suspicious after someone claiming to be Greg Josephson came in to have a prescription filled for 50 pills of Tramadol, a pain reliever.

The manager recognized the man, yet couldn't find the name in the computer system. She told the man she would have to check with the doctor and left a message for Lokeh, the listed physician.

When Lokeh called back, the manager recognized his voice, the complaint said. When she raised the possibility of forgery, he said he had a prescription pad stolen.

The manager later found four prescriptions for a Greg Bancroft, filled in November for 40, 45, 45 and 50 pills. They had the same birth date given by Josephson and a similar address, all paid for in cash.

When the pharmacy manager found an online photo of Lokeh, she recognized him as Bancroft and Josephson, the complaint said. The store's loss prevention manager gave police four photos of the same man filling prescriptions, and the pharmacy manager recognized Lokeh in a lineup.

Police went to Lokeh's Plymouth office and told him they were investigating "a prescription issue." According to the complaint, he told them he had a pad stolen and asked about filing a report. Investigators then showed him the surveillance photos.

According to a listing on the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice website, he practices at Centennial Lakes Medical Center in Edina and WestHealth in Plymouth.

The board also lists public disciplinary action in 2006 and 2008. According to the orders, the board in 2006 put conditions on his license to practice medicine and surgery because of chemical dependency.

The 2006 order said Lokeh reported that he was addicted to narcotic pain medication and dependent on Percocet, oxycodone and Viocodin. He wrote prescriptions in others' names to get them.

In 2005, he took part in a treatment program. In 2008, he petitioned the board for an unconditional license. The order granting the license said Lokeh "has successfully maintained uninterrupted recovery" since September 1995.

Vince Tuss • 612-673-7692

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