Appeals court set to hear pain pill clinic case

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A federal appeals court is set to hear the appeal of a Louisiana businessman serving 15 years in federal prison for distributing oxycodone and methadone in eastern Kentucky illegally through pain clinic patients.

A three-judge panel from the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati will take up the case of 48-year-old Michael Leman of Slidell, La. A jury in Lexington convicted Leman in March 2012 of using pain clinics in Kentucky's Appalachian region to distribute medications to bogus patients. The hearing is scheduled for June 19.

A judge also ordered Leman to pay $1 million in restitution to an agency handling crime victim compensation and one dealing with substance abuse.

Leman is housed at Forrest City Correctional Complex in Forrest City, Ark.

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