SOLON, OH (WOIO) - An arrest warrant was issued Friday for Dr. Syed Zaidi of Solon after he failed to appear at his arraignment Thursday afternoon.
Dr. Zaidi's been charged with distributing thousands of doses of prescription painkillers, such as Oxycontin, Percocet, Vicodin, morphine and other prescription painkillers for no legitimate medical purpose.
Court officials said in court they believe Dr. Zaidi is in Pakistan.
Last month a 46-count indictment was filed against Dr. Zaidi. The indictment details dozens of transactions in 2012 and 2013.
Zaidi operated Pain Management of Northern Ohio (PMNO) at 34055 Solon Road in Solon, where he issued drug orders purporting to be "prescriptions" for controlled substances to customers they characterized as "patients," according to the indictment.
Police say Zaidi used pre-signed blank prescription forms upon which PMNO staff would fill in the controlled substance and dosage to be prescribed. He also instructed staff not to report customers who staff suspected of being "drug seeking" and/or "doctor shopping to law enforcement, according to the indictment.
The charges also seek to forfeit more than $4.8 million in accounts controlled by Zaidi as well as 139 pieces of jewelry valued at more than $90,000. Prosecutors contend the property is derived from gross proceeds traceable to the violations laid out in the indictment.