By DeJanay Booth

(CBS Detroit) — A podiatrist from Lansing pleaded guilty after he is accused of giving opioids to multiple women in exchange for cash, sexual favors and/or illicit drugs.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Dr. Maninder Deswal, 44, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a two-count Information charging unlawfully distribution of controlled substances for his involvement in the sex-for-drugs diversion scheme.

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Federal officials say from December 2018 to September 2020, he prescribed oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet) and hydrocodone-acetaminophen (Norco) to multiple women.

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Officials say the women were not patients.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for May 24.

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