A Dauphin County dentist is charged with prescribing powerful prescription drugs for people who he never treated and stealing dental supplies and then selling them for his own profit.
After looking at evidence and hearing testimony, a grand jury decided it was time to charge 45-year-old Donald Dinello Junior of Hummelstown. The list of charges is very long.
45-year-old dentist Donald Dinello Junior faces criminal charges after a grand jury decided between April 2008 and January of 2012 that Dinello wrote at least 71 prescriptions for oxycodone to treat one of his employees for back pain.
Dinello also wrote many more prescriptions for that employee’s husband. He allegedly never examined the couple and never recorded the prescriptions written.
A grand jury also charged him with stealing dental supplies from Oral Surgery Associates in Derry Township where he worked. He allegedly sold those supplies for his own profit, pocketing more than $50,000.
One of his neighbors and friends just couldn't believe the news.
"I'm kind of taken back by it, he was a very nice guy!" exclaimed neighbor and friend Charlie Ross.
Dinello is out of jail on $50,000 dollars bail. He was not home when we went to ask him some questions.
A Dauphin County dentist, who allegedly prescribed powerful prescription narcotics to “patients” that he never physically examined, has been arrested by the state narcotics agents.
The PA Office of Attorney General said dentist Donald Dinello Jr, 45, of Oral Surgery Associates, 1253 Cocoa Avenue, Hershey was arrested.
According to a grand jury, between April 2008 and January 2012, Dr. Dinello wrote at least 71 prescriptions for Oxycodone totaling approximately 2,700 pills, to treat one of his employees for back pain.
The jury also said Dinello wrote at least 17 Hydrocodone prescriptions (140 tablets) and more than 400 tablets of varying strengths of Oxycodone for the employee's husband. Officials say Dinello never performed an examination on either individual, and prescribed the drugs for conditions he wasn't authorized to treat.
Officials say, Dinello also allegedly failed to record any of the 88 prescriptions written to the couple.
The grand jury also found that Dr. Dinello wrote prescriptions to other employees for dental related procedures, but did not record those scripts, as required by law.
Additionally, the investigation revealed that Dr. Dinello allegedly stole dental supplies from Oral Surgery Associates, without the knowledge of his partner, and sold them at a discounted rate to another dental office, where he was also employed.
According to the grand jury, Dr. Dinello deposited nearly $55,000 of the dental supply proceeds into his own personal bank accounts.
Dr. Dinello is charged with two counts of administering, dispensing, or prescribing a controlled substance not in accordance with treatment principles accepted by a responsible medical professional, one count of failure to keep records of distribution of controlled substances, one count of theft by unlawful taking or disposition, and one count of theft by failure to make required disposition of funds.
Dr. Dinello was preliminarily arraigned before Hummelstown Magisterial District Judge Dominic Pelino and released on $50,000 unsecurred bail.