Doctor Arrested for Fradulently Prescribing Ritalin

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May 25, 2017
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SAN FRANCISCO – Today, District Attorney George Gascón announced that a former UCSF Gastroenterologist, Christian Mathy, has been charged with fraudulently prescribing and obtaining Ritalin (Methylphenidate) over a three year period.  UCSF Police Investigators brought the case to the attention of the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office after receiving a complaint from one of the pharmacies where Mathy was filling the prescriptions.   

“Our confidence in the medical profession rests with our doctors,” said District Attorney George Gascón. "That confidence is undermined and the profession is cheated, however, when practitioners usurp their responsibilities for their own personal purposes."

According to court records, Mathy issued 86 fraudulent prescriptions for Ritalin over three years, using three different aliases to fill the prescriptions.  Ritalin is a Schedule II controlled substance, a stimulant, that is known to be habit forming.

Mathy was arrested May 19 on a warrant alleging three counts each of issuing a false prescription, obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, and forgery.  Mathy is scheduled to be arraigned today in Department 12.  The case was developed through an investigation conducted by Sergeant Mary Snider of the University of California San Francisco Police Department.  Assistant District Attorney Phoebe Maffei is the prosecutor assigned to the case.