Five Pennsylvania doctors were charged with unlawfully distributing buprenorphine and defrauding Medicare and Medicaid, with three operating in the local area.

Dr. Parth Bharill, a contractor at RTA in Morgantown; and doctors Cherian John and  Krishan Kumar Aggarwal, who are both contractors at RTA in Weirton.

The doctors created and handed out unlawful prescriptions for Subutex and Suboxone, which is a drug used to treat people with addiction.

The defendants are charged with conspiracy as well as health care fraud for allegedly submitting fraudulent claims to Medicare and Medicaid.