Public Safety

Former podiatrist sentenced to probation for prescribing unnecessary painkillers

Also forfeits his license, must be on 6 months home confinement and complete 100 hours of community service

CEDAR RAPIDS — A former Cedar Rapids and Anamosa podiatrist pleaded guilty and was sentenced last week to probation and home confinement for prescribing painkillers to employees and neighbors who didn’t need them and then keeping half or all the pills for himself.

Steven Walter Beevers, 58, formerly of Podiatry Associates at 3053 Center Point Rd. NE, Suite B, in Cedar Rapids, and also with offices in Jones and Delaware counties, pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court to one count of acquiring a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, deception or subterfuge.

U.S. District Judge C.J. Williams sentenced Beevers, who had no criminal history, to five years of probation, six months of home confinement and 100 hours of community service to be completed within 120 days. He also was ordered to be on supervised release for one year following his probation, and must pay a $20,000 fine.

Beevers also must forfeit his Iowa Board of Podiatry license as part of the plea agreement.

The plea agreement shows Beevers intentionally acquired hydrocodone from January 2016 through December 2018 by writing false prescriptions for patients who didn’t have medical conditions that required painkillers. He then would persuade them to give him some or all of the pills for his use.

Beevers wrote 26 fraudulent prescriptions for hydrocodone and acetaminophen to “A.M.,” the daughter of a neighbor, between Jan. 15, 2016, and Sept. 18, 2018, according to the plea. The woman’s health insurance paid for most of the expense. Beevers offered to pay her copay, but she declined. A.M. gave him half or more of the pills.

He wrote six prescriptions of the same two drugs between Feb. 18, 2016, and Aug. 4, 2018, for “C.E.,” an employee, which were paid by C.E.’s health insurance. Beevers paid the copay and kept half of each prescription — 30 pills.

The plea shows Beevers also wrote 79 prescriptions for the same two drugs to “L.M.,” a neighbor and friend, between Jan. 6, 2016, and Dec. 6, 2018. The friend’s health insurance paid for most of the drug. Beevers offered to pay the copay, but L.M. declined. Beevers kept half or more of the pills.

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He wrote 10 prescriptions for the same two drugs to an employee’s husband, “T.S.,” between Jan. 7 and Aug. 18, 2016. Beevers kept all the pills for himself.

On Dec. 13, 2018, the Iowa Board of Podiatry investigators interviewed Beevers, who falsely denied illegal or prescription drug abuse, according to the plea. He admitted writing prescriptions for hydrocodone to L.M. and K.B., but falsely denied ever writing prescriptions for C.E., his employee.

Beevers was interviewed a second time by the investigators Feb. 14, 2019, and admitted what he did was illegal. He admitted writing the prescriptions for his employee but said he never received any pills from L.M. or A.M.

Beevers was charged by the board last year and voluntarily surrendered his license Feb. 17, 2019, according to a board settlement agreement.

Board documents showed Beevers, who was diagnosed with a substance use disorder, also was charged with professional incompetency based on his inability to practice because of “illness, drunkenness, excessive use of drugs, narcotics, chemicals” or a mental or physical condition.

The other two charges were unethical conduct — making inappropriate remarks on several occasions to co-workers — and failing to comply with the board’s order by testing positive for alcohol pending a disciplinary hearing.

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