Psychiatrist, licensed nurse indicted for alleged illegal distribution of controlled substance, maintaining drug-involved premises

Published: Jan. 5, 2021 at 7:49 PM CST
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FOND DU LAC, Wis. (WBAY) - Authorities say two people have been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly conspiring to distribute controlled substances, maintaining a drug-involved premises and making false statements to federal agents.

U.S. Attorney Matthew Krueger announced the indictment of 74-year-old psychiatrist John Whelan and 58-year-old licensed nurse Tina Montezon on Tuesday.

Krueger’s office says Whelan and Montezon are both from Fond du Lac, and conspired to distribute controlled substances such as Buprenorphine, Ritalin, Xanax and Adderall outside the course of a professional medical practice, and not for a legitimate medical purpose.

According to an indictment, Krueger’s office says the defendants prescribed controlled substances outside the course of professional medical practice from a home.

Action 2 News was told by Krueger’s office the home was located on Clinton Street in North Fond du Lac. An address of the home wasn’t immediately released.

Court officials say Whelan and Montezon gave those prescriptions from the home on Saturdays in exchange for $200 - $300 per prescription.

If convicted, both Whelan and Montezon face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release, up to a $1,000,000 fine and a $100 Special Assessment.

The case was investigated by the Lake Winnebago Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group, as well as the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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