Indiana dentist pleads guilty to illegally obtaining fentanyl, controlled substances

Fort Wanye, Ind.-based pediatric dentist Lucian Boboia, DDS, pleaded guilty to obtaining fentanyl and other controlled substances by fraud or deception, the Drug Enforcement Administration reported March 8.

The DEA's Diversion Control Division began investigating allegations that Dr. Boboia was illegally obtaining controlled substances in August 2021. Investigators learned that Dr. Boboia ordered controlled substances to his practice weekly and instructed staff not to open the packages.

The investigation found that Dr. Boboia ordered and received about 1,700 vials of fentanyl, 600 bottles and vials of midazolam, and 200 diazepam tablets from March through July 2021.

The DEA determined that Dr. Boboia was the second-highest purchaser of fentanyl by a dentist in the U.S. from January through August 2021. He was also the top fentanyl purchaser among dentists in Indiana, according to the release.

Dr. Boboia was sentenced to 60 months of probation. He voluntarily surrendered his DEA registrations, and his dental license was placed on indefinite probation for a minimum of five years.

Dr. Boboia was required to close his practice.

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