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Ex-W.Va. doctor pleads guilty in pill mill probe

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A former West Virginia doctor admits
she provided drug prescriptions to people she never examined.

Diane Shafer pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to misuse a
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration registration number.
Prosecutors say she faces up to four years in prison at an Aug. 24
sentencing.

The 60-year-old admitted she left signed prescription slips at
her Mingo County office. Staff then handed out those slips to
people in exchange for cash.

Shafer didn't see these people or determine they needed the pain
and anti-anxiety drugs prescribed.

Prosecutors say Shafer wrote more than 118,000 prescriptions
between 2003 and 2010. That's more than what some hospitals issue.

Shafer's West Virginia medical license expired in 2009.

Shafer has also been politically active. She lost a GOP
legislative primary race earlier this month.


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