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Former pain clinic doctor pleads guilty to overprescribing

A former eastern Kentucky doctor has pleaded guilty to writing painkiller prescriptions for people who didn't medically need them. The U.S. attorney's office says 64-year-old Richard Albert of Paintsville also agreed to forfeit more than $500,000 in proceeds from the conspiracy. Albert pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Pikeville to illegally dispensing about 50,000 pills. The investigation started in 2009 when investigators with the Kentucky attorney general's office noticed large groups of people lined up outside Albert's pain clinic, the U.S. attorney's office said. Albert faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced April 18.

Filed under: Pike Co. | Johnson Co. | Prescription pill abuse | Court cases


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