Pharmacist charged in alleged pill mill
HUNTINGTON -- A southern West Virginia pharmacist faces potential prison time for his pharmacies' involvement in an alleged pill mill.
Federal prosecutors filed a document this month charging James P. Wooley with conspiracy to illegally acquire or obtain controlled substances.
The government also asked the court to schedule a guilty plea hearing, an indication that both sides have reached an agreement. Defense attorney Robert B. Allen declined comment Monday, writing in an email that he was unavailable.
Wooley's pharmacies in Kermit and Stone Coal, both operated under the name Sav-Rite, were part of a federal investigation in 2009 that led to the conviction of two doctors and a businessman.
Justice Medical Complex staff would use the names and identities of those doctors to prescribe hydrocodone to patients whom neither doctor had examined. The patients and their prescriptions then were directed to Sav-Rite, resulting in a get-rich-quick scheme that attracted customers from near and far, according to court documents.
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