Elizabethtown Doctor Pleads Not Guilty to Dozens of Drug Charges

Jan 25, 2006

A Hardin County doctor has pleaded not guilty to more than 90 felony drug counts.

David Dao, 57, of Elizabethtown faces 98 charges of illegally prescribing and trafficking in prescription painkillers. Dao formerly worked at Hardin Memorial Hospital and owned a medical practice.

A co-defendant, Briab Case, has also pleaded not guilty in Hardin Circuit Court Tuesday on 33 felony drug charges.

Prosecutors allege that Dao and Case fraudulently filled prescriptions at various pharmacies in Elizabethtown for narcotic drugs such as hydrocone, oxycontin and percocet.

Dao is appealing a conviction in Louisville on charges of writing prescriptions and checks to a patient in exchange for sex and part of the drugs the patient obtained with the prescriptions.

Similar charges in Nelson County against Dao were dismissed.