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Doctor pleads guilty in W.Va. pill mill case

Apr. 23, 2013 @ 01:53 PM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A doctor from Texas accused of operating a pill mill in West Virginia has pleaded guilty to a drug charge.

Dr. Fernando Gonzales-Ramos of El Paso, Texas, faces more than five years in prison. Sentencing is set for Aug. 14 in U.S. District Court in Charleston.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said Tuesday that the 47-year-old doctor pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances without a legitimate medical purpose.

Goodwin said Gonzales-Ramos' office in Logan didn't have an exam table or running water. Goodwin called the office a "drug den" where Gonzalez-Ramos issued prescriptions for thousands of units of painkillers.

Under the plea agreement, Gonzalez-Ramos will surrender his federal Drug Enforcement Administration Certificate of Registration.

 

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