OGDEN -- Felony charges against an Ogden gynecologist accused of handing out medication to family members and employees have been dropped.
Albert R. Hartman was charged in March in 2nd District Court in Ogden with four third-degree felony counts of failure to make, keep or furnish records.
As part of a noncriminal diversion agreement, prosecutors last week dropped the charges to one class A misdemeanor of the same offense, court documents show. After Hartman paid a $7,500 diversion fee as part of the deal, prosecutors moved to dismiss the remaining charge. Judge Noel Hyde on Thursday granted the dismissal.
When reached by phone Tuesday, Hartman declined to comment.
The Drug Enforcement Agency first began investigating Hartman last September after receiving a letter from a pharmaceutical company that had declined to ship a suspicious order Hartman had submitted, according to a probable cause affidavit. The investigation revealed staff members in Hartman's office were ordering medication with Hartman's knowledge and that Hartman was dispensing the medication.
Hartman's office manager told investigators that Hartman allowed staff members with prescriptions from their own physicians to order medication from his suppliers.
In the investigation, DEA agents questioned Layton Mayor Steve Curtis and his wife, Raelynn Curtis, whom Hartman employed. Steve Curtis said in March he had a prescription for weight-
contol medication from his personal physician and that he received only the prescribed amount from Hartman.