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Tennessee doctor facing multiple prescription drug charges

A Tennessee physician surrendered to authorities early this month and was jailed on charges involving fraudulently obtaining prescriptions. The 40-year-old doctor was already serving a five-year medical probation that began in November 2016 for a long list of violations.

The doctor, who is facing 10 counts regarding prescription fraud, had been under investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's Drug Investigation Division for about a year. Other state and local agencies were also involved in the investigation.

The physician's medical practice was located in Knox County. That's where he's accused of the crimes for which he was arrested.

He previously worked at University of Tennessee Medical Center, where he did his residency, as well as in two other states. He got his medical degree from a school owned by Devry, Inc. -- American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Devry has had its own issues with accusations of evading federal regulations and deceptive recruiting techniques.

The violations that landed the doctor on probation last year and facing a fine of $6,300 include prescribing and distributing controlled substances illegally or without keeping medical records. They also include treating family members or self-treatment, using a false name to practice medicine and unethical conduct.

Doctors who are accused of using their profession as a means of prescribing and dispensing drugs illegally or recklessly can face more than discipline from state medical boards and civil actions from patients or surviving family members who were harmed. Depending on the actions that are alleged, they can, as in this case, find themselves in legal jeopardy. Experienced legal guidance is essential.

Source: Knox News, "Doctor charged with prescription drug fraud's medical license was under probation," Brittany Crocker, USA Today Network, Dec. 08, 2017

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