GREENVILLE,N.C. (WNCT) – A former eastern North Carolina coach faces charges giving players medical injections without proper credentials.
The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office says 47-year-old Marty Pittman turned himself in on Aug. 10th.
Pittman faces multiples charges including impersonating an EMS/Paramedic and practicing medicine without a license.
Deputies say the charges stem from Pittman’s time as the coach of the East Carolina Raiders semi-pro team.
Deputies say beginning in September of 2014, Pittman gave players shots of Cortisone and Lidocaine without having a state issued Paramedic credentials from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
The sheriff’s office says they began an investigation into Pittman after receiving information about a complaint was filed with DHHS. Deputies say the complaint alleged Pittman administer medication and claimed he had a valid NC EMS Paramedic credential.
Investigators say a search of the DHHS credentialing database shows no record of credentials issued to Pittman.
Deputies say during a search of Pittman’s Tarboro home, detectives found two large medical containing Lidocaine, Cortisone, syringes, scheduled narcotics, and additional medical paraphernalia. Deputies say they also found documents, created by Pittman, alleging local Greenville doctors gave him permission to practice medicine.
Pittman is out on bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 13th.
One of Pittman’s former colleagues believed he had a license.
“It was understood when I started coaching there with him that he was our trainer that he was the one that we went to for any types of medical issues,” former colleague, Mike Goetz said.
Goetz described Pittman as a good guy.
Goetz said, “If he made mistakes I honestly believe he did so in the interest of the team. He really was trying to help his players.”
If you ever received medicine from Pittman, the Sheriff’s office ask you to contact them.