Agapios pleads not guilty on 5 felonies

ANDERSON — Dr. George Agapios, a physician who worked in Pendleton and Anderson, entered a plea of not guilty on five felony charges Thursday in a Hamilton County courtroom.

Agapios, who lives in Fishers, is charged with four counts of dealing a controlled substance and conspiracy to deal, a Class B felony and corrupt business influence, a Class C felony.

He appeared before Magistrate David Najjar Thursday and his lawyer entered a not-guilty plea on his behalf. The trial is scheduled for Oct. 14 in Noblesville. Agapios did not want to comment on the case after the hearing.

Agapios was arrested in July by the Drug Enforcement Agency as part of a drug ring bust in several central Indiana counties. The doctors were accused of providing the drug Suboxone to patients. Suboxone is a synthetic form of heroin used to wean addicts off opiates. Agapios and 10 others, including three other doctors, were all arrested after the DEA investigation.

While Suboxone is not as potent as heroin, it can still be abused. Authorities claim in addition to prescribing the drug, the doctors were also selling the drug to patients. 

Agapios, 47, worked for St. Vincent Hospital in Anderson at the time of the arrest as well as the St. Vincent's Medical Group in Pendleton.  

If convicted, Agapios could face six to 20 years in prison for each Class B felony and two to eight years for the one Class C felony.

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