An Orange County doctor sentenced for illegally dispensing drugs to patients at a weight-control clinic faces a hearing by state officials who will determine whether to suspend or revoke his license.
The hearing for Robert L. Nelson, 53, who formerly operated the Medical Reducing Clinic on Beach Boulevard in Stanton, will be held within six months before the state Board of Medical Quality Assurance Board.
State drug agents arrested Nelson in 1985 after a nine-month undercover investigation. That investigation began after a Stanton police detective told the state Justice Department that officers had arrested a number of people who had drugs prescribed by Nelson's clinic, according to court documents.
State agents immediately sent two undercover officers to the clinic. Each visited the office seven times, and each time they received prescription drugs even after they told Nelson that they didn't want them for dieting, according to the document.