Re­port: Vic­tim con­victed of felony drug charges

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION - BY JES­SICA CHASMAR

The Viet­namese doc­tor who was thrust into the in­ter­na­tional spot­light this week after he was dragged from an over­booked United Airlines flight against his will was re­port­edly con­victed of mul­ti­ple felony drugs charges in 2004.

Videos taken Sun­day by other pas­sen­gers show­ing Dr. David Dao be­ing forcibly re­moved on a Louisville-bound flight at O’Hare In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Chicago sparked a so­cial me­dia firestorm against the air­line.

United apol­o­gized for the “up­set­ting event” and said Tues­day that “we take full re­spon­si­bil­ity and we will work to make it right.”

Ac­cord­ing to the Courier-Jour­nal in Louisville, Dr. Dao is a pul­mo­nolo­gist, a physi­cian who spe­cial­izes in treat­ing res­pi­ra­tory con­di­tions, in El­iz­a­beth­town and he was ar­rested in 2003 and even­tu­ally con­victed of mul­ti­ple dru­gre­lated of­fenses after an un­der­cover in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to doc­u­ments filed with the Ken­tucky Board of Med­i­cal Li­cen­sure, Dr. Dao was in­volved in fraud­u­lent pre­scrip­tions for con­trolled sub­stances and was in­volved with a man whom he ar­ranged to trade pre­scrip­tion drugs for sex­ual acts, the New York Post re­ported.

Mr. Dao, who went to med­i­cal school in Viet­nam in the 1970s be­fore mov­ing to the U.S., was con­victed of mul­ti­ple felony counts of ob­tain­ing drugs by fraud or de­ceit in Novem­ber 2004 and placed on five years of su­per­vised pro­ba­tion in Jan­uary 2005, the Courier-Jour­nal re­ported.

In Fe­bru­ary 2005, Dr. Dao sur­ren­dered his med­i­cal li­cense to the Ken­tucky Board of Med­i­cal Li­cen­sure. In 2015, the board lifted the sus­pen­sion and al­lowed him to prac­tice medicine with some re­stric­tions, the re­port said.

While the re­port shines a light on Dr. Dao’s check­ered med­i­cal ca­reer, it does not sug­gest that his past was con­nected to Sun­day’s in­ci­dent.

An at­tor­ney for Dr. Dao, who is be­ing treated for his re­ported in­juries at a Chicago hos­pi­tal, is­sued a state­ment on the doc­tor’s be­half Tues­day af­ter­noon.

“The fam­ily of Dr. Dao wants the world to know that they are very ap­pre­cia­tive of the out­pour­ing of prayers, con­cern and sup­port they have re­ceived. Cur­rently, they are fo­cused only on Dr. Dao’s med­i­cal care and treat­ment,” Chicago at­tor­ney Stephen Golan said.

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