McComb doctor pleads guilty to federal charges

McComb doctor pleads guilty to federal charges
Dr. Lawrence Stewart taken into custody/Photo credit: WLBT
Dr. Lawrence Stewart taken into custody/Photo credit: WLBT

MCCOMB, MISSISSIPPI - A McComb doctor pleaded guilty to federal charges before a senior U.S. District judge Wednesday, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Dr. Lawrence Stewart, 59, pleaded guilty to distributing and dispensing a Schedule IV controlled substance outside the scope of professional practice, according to U.S. Attorney Gregory Davis.

On Sept. 27, Stewart will face a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison with a $250,000 fine.

According to reports from our sister station WLBT in Jackson, he was rumored to have traded the drugs for sexual favors.

He was charged with a 27-count federal indictment with violations.

The indictment stated that Stewart:

"...knowingly and intentionally distributing and dispensing schedule II, III, and IV controlled substances outside the scope of professional medical practice."

The indictment is the result of a complex pharmaceutical drug investigation that began approximately one year ago.

This case was investigated by the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, Mississippi Medical Board and the Drug Enforcement Administration.