Austin doctor’s license suspended after he was found with illegal drugs

Richard Sofinowski

AUSTIN (KXAN) – An Austin doctor was suspended of his license after investigators found he was in possession of various illegal narcotics – including methamphetamine.

A disciplinary panel of the Texas Medical Board temporarily suspended Richard Edward Sofinowski’s medical license on Feb. 6 because he “poses a continuing threat to public welfare” after he was arrested at his house be Drug Enforcement Administration agents.

During the arrest, authorities searched his home and found several grams of methamphetamine and several hundred tablets of controlled substances. Sofinowski was charged with possession of a controlled substance by the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, booked at the Williamson County Jail and released the next day after posting bail which was set at $20,000.

He was indicted on Jan. 21 by a federal grand jury on one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and other controlled substances outside the scope of professional practice. The temporary suspension will remain in place until the board takes further action. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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