Opening statements in trial for pain clinics, owner

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A federal prosecutor says a Louisiana businessman used a web of pain clinics, troubled doctors and runners to funnel methadone and oxycodone into eastern Kentucky.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Roger West said in opening statements Monday that Michael Leman cared only about how much money he could make from selling the drugs to patients who did not need them for medical reasons.

Defense attorney Rick Simmons described Leman as an aggressive businessman but told jurors his client was not the cause of the problems at the urgent care clinics. Simmons said the doctors were overprescribing drugs on their own and staff members were making side deals with patients.

The indictment alleges that Leman conspired with two doctors, a clinic CEO and another clinic employee to distribute methadone and oxycodone.

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