NEW: Former Oklahoma doctor facing homicide charges after patients died of overdose
UPDATED: Authorities say eight of Valuck’s patients died of prescription drug overdose and another patient was accused of causing a fatal accident.
According to OBN agents, Valuck prescribed an estimated 3.5 million pills a year.
Officials say the doctor was the largest prescriber of controlled dangerous substances in the state of Oklahoma in a one year period.
Prescribing the drugs with little of no examination.
OKLAHOMA CITY – A former Oklahoma doctor is behind bars facing charges for homicide and drug distribution.
Texas police and DEA agents surrounded 71-year-old William Valuck’s home in Kilgore, Texas, around 4:00 Friday afternoon to serve felony arrest warrants.
The warrant service was provided at the request of Oklahoma law enforcement officials, and include nine counts of homicide and 43 counts of drug distribution in Oklahoma.
Back in 2002, when he lived in Oklahoma, Valuck was convicted of money laundering, wire fraud and devising a scheme to defraud investors of hundreds of thousands of dollars. He spent 70 months in federal prison before he was released in 2005 and moved to East Texas.
At one time, Valuck was the supervising physician at Vista Medical Center in Oklahoma City.
Valuck was booked into the Rusk County Justice Center and bond was denied.
He will be extradited to the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office in Oklahoma City.