Doctor seeks thousands seized in pill mill probe

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A doctor wants federal prosecutors to return the $88,000 seized following a raid on a West Virginia pain clinic where she practiced.

Dr. Katherine Hoover is appealing after a federal judge ordered her to forfeit the assets. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals received records for her petition this week.

Various assets were seized as part of the March 2010 raid on the Mountain Medical Care Center. Investigators believe the Mingo County clinic operated as a pill mill, alleging it recklessly provided pain drug prescriptions to thousands of people.

Most of the forfeited money came from a bank account, while $2,900 of it was cash found in a bureau drawer.

Hoover moved to the Bahamas following the raid. She failed to appear to testify in the civil forfeiture case.

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