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September 19, 2014

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Medical board suspends LV doctor’s license, says he used dead man’s identity for prescription drugs

CARSON CITY – The Nevada State Medical Board has suspended the license of a Las Vegas doctor accused of forging prescriptions to gain controlled substances for himself.

The board set a March 5 hearing for Dr. Kent A. Swaine, who has been the subject of previous actions by the board for testing positive for controlled substances. The latest disciplinary action could include revocation of Swaine’s license.

The complaint, filed Friday, said Swaine posed for two years as a dead person and wrote prescriptions for controlled substances or dangerous drugs. He would take the prescriptions to a Las Vegas pharmacy to be filled, presenting a photo of himself as the deceased person.

On Jan. 30, 2014, Swaine tested positive for amphetamines, benzodiazepine and opiates.

Swaine also is accused of writing prescriptions of controlled substances for his wife, Jean Swaine, and father-in-law, Crisostomo Oliveros.

Swaine originally was granted a license in 2001 to practice medicine in Nevada. In 2008, the board revoked the license for the drug offenses.

In 2011, he was issued a limited license on the condition he not use any drugs or alcohol and he was prohibited from prescribing any controlled substances for his family. He was required to undergo random drug testing.

The board said he has violated those conditions and the summary suspension “is necessary to remove the risk of imminent harm to the health, safety and welfare of the public.”

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