SUMTER COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Sumter police have arrested a Sumter area doctor in connection with illegally obtaining prescription medications from patients.
Police say 48-year-old Dr. Thomas Edward Hawkey illegally took possession of prescription painkillers that he had previously prescribed to his patients in the summer of 2010.
According to police, Hawkey took Hydrocodone and Oxycodone on June 24th, July 20th, and July 22, 2010 from several patients and used them himself.
Law Enforcement was notified and launched an investigation into the incident. The investigation conducted by the Sumter Police Department's Narcotics Unit, DEA, and DHEC, corroborated the information and warrants were obtained against Dr. Hawkey.
During a subsequent interview with Dr. Hawkey he admitted to taking the medication and using it for his own personal use.
Police say in October, Hawkey threatened one of the witnesses by calling them and telling them not to pursue the charges against him. Police say the witness is now in fear for their safety.
Hawkey turned himself in on Friday to law enforcement and was charged with 3 counts of Obtaining Prescription Drugs by Fraud and Intimidation of a Witness.
Hawkey is being held at the Sumter Lee Regional Detention Center where a bond hearing is scheduled for Friday afternoon.