Livonia Eye Doctor John Jacobi Looking at Criminal Charges

John Jacobi

LIVONIA, Mich. - Dr. John Jacobi, an optometrist who owns Livonia's Suburban Eye Care, is recommended for his work with children's vision therapy. He will now likely be known for something else.

The DEA and Livonia Police arrested the 48-year-old while he was at work Monday after an investigation revealed Dr. Jacobi fraudulently prescribed himself and others more than 5,600 doses of Vicodin from 2008 until 2010.

"I'm just really, really shocked," said Kathy Diegel. "It seemed a little crazy in there. Things are a little hectic, but I thought their computer was down or something."

She brought in her daughter to get her glasses fixed and was never told about her optometrist's legal troubles.

"I really have no comment," said Frank, the office manager. "This all just happened (really quickly)."

Dr. Jacobi was charged with 30 counts of obtaining hydrocodone by fraud. He was given a $50,000 personal bond and released.

We tried to track him down, but only located his ex-wife, who had no idea about the arrest.

Patients such as Terry Grieb also find it hard to believe, never noticing anything out of the ordinary about their eye doctor.

"He's so pleasant and he's great. He's very interactive with the kids. He's helped both my son and daughter, and it's surprising," she said.

"He would've been the last person I would've thought. I think there are a lot of doctors who over prescribe, but this just blows my mind," Diegel said.

Each felony count carries a sentence of up to four years and/or a $30,000 fine. If convicted, Dr. Jacobi could technically spend up to 120 years in prison.

By AP_News 08/23/2011 21:32:00

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