You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks


Welcome to

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on

NEW: Doctor accused of prescribing pain killers without exams for cash

A Boynton Beach-area doctor was arrested Wednesday after investigators said he was prescribing pain medications either after hours or from his home without performing examinations, and then charging patients in cash for the prescriptions, according to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office report.

Peter Katz, 72, faces one count of unlawful prescription of a controlled substance. He was released from the Palm Beach County Jail on Wednesday on $3,000 bail.

See who’s been booked into the Palm Beach County Jail

Over an unspecified period of time, law-enforcement officers received several complaints that Katz was writing prescriptions for narcotics with little to no interaction with his alleged patients, the sheriff’s office said.

In the early months of 2016, undercover agents recorded phone and in-person conversations with Katz as they attempted to purchase drugs from him. During a visit — which happened at 8:35 p.m. in the doctor’s office — the investigator said the doctor never conducted a physical examination, didn’t take a blood-pressure reading and didn’t ask for any form of identification. But as the undercover agent kept pressing Katz for drugs, Katz became agitated.

The agent said he wasn’t feeling good and wanted to feel better. Katz said he had the “wrong (explicit) doctor,” according to the report.

“Why do you say that if I’m not feeling good?” the undercover agent asked.

“Because I don’t do those things,” Katz replied, according to the report.

Have you seen them? Wanted fugitives in Palm Beach County

“Okay, I hear you. Well, can you just check out why I’m feeling this way or what?” the agent asked.

“You’re in the wrong place,” Katz said, according to the sheriff’s office. “I’m not a pill-pushing doctor.”

Eventually, after more discussion, Katz prescribed the undercover agent a drug called Norco, which he described as a “hydrocodone a little stronger than Vicodin,” according to the report.

Katz charged the agent $100 and told him to never come back and to get checked out by another doctor for his ailments, sheriff’s deputies wrote in the report.

Investigators brought their case to a doctor who is “an expert in pain management” in December. That doctor said giving the prescriptions after business hours with no other staff present, not performing an exam and doing so without a specific diagnosis “would be inappropriate.”

It’s unclear from the report why Katz was arrested in April.

According to Florida Department of Health records, Katz has had a license to practice medicine since 1981 and the license is valid until 2018. He has a certification in family medicine and his practice is on the 3300 block of Boynton Beach Boulevard, just west of Congress Avenue, according to records.

Download our PostNOW app to get the latest Breaking News

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Local

JUST IN: Six area Fantasy 5 winners this week; payouts top $500,000
JUST IN: Six area Fantasy 5 winners this week; payouts top $500,000

Six winning Fantasy 5 tickets have been sold since Sunday in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast, bringing the lucky players a combined $519,942.52 in prizes, Florida Lottery records show. The two most recent winning tickets were sold Thursday in Port St. Lucie and Boca Raton, the Florida Lottery said. All four winners statewide claimed $47,701...
Arguments today in PBSO appeal of $22 million Dontrell Stephens award
Arguments today in PBSO appeal of $22 million Dontrell Stephens award

A federal appeals court will hear arguments this morning that will determine whether a jury verdict against a Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy for shooting an unarmed West Palm Beach man will withstand judicial scrutiny. Attorney Summer Barrancco, who is representing sheriff’s Sgt. Adams Lin and the Sheriff’s Office, will try to...
Police considering manslaughter charges in Grenfell Tower fire
Police considering manslaughter charges in Grenfell Tower fire

Police said Friday that they are considering manslaughter charges in the Grenfell Tower fire in London, adding that the blaze started in a refrigerator freezer, the BBC reported. >> Read more trending news  The police investigation is focusing on how the fire began, how it spread and who should be held responsible, Detective Chief Superintendent...
“Hello Sunshine” theme for West Palm gateway art
“Hello Sunshine” theme for West Palm gateway art

West Palm Beach will greet you with rays of morning sunshine, starting next year with the city’s latest Art in Public Places addition. The city commission this week approved five gateway works of outdoor art, together titled “Hello Sunshine,” by West Coast art collective Aphidoidea. Each of the city&rsquo...
Johnny Depp: ‘When was the last time an actor assassinated a president’
Johnny Depp: ‘When was the last time an actor assassinated a president’

Johnny Depp knew his comments to his British audience were going to spark controversy, even as he said them. The actor was speaking to an audience in a British theater Thursday when he made a vague reference to John Wilkes Booth assassinating a president, The Telegraph reported. >> Read more trending news Depp was taking questions at the Cinemageddon...
More Stories