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Former doctor pleads guilty in painkiller scheme

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) - 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.


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