Former OU Trustee to Plead Guilty to Drug, Tax Evasion Charges

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The government says a doctor and former Ohio University trustee plans to plead guilty to charges of running a pill mill and evading $3.5 million in taxes.

Dr. Kevin Lake, former Ohio University trustee.
Dr. Kevin Lake

Federal prosecutors say that in the deal made public Monday Dr. Kevin Lake acknowledges knowing doctors and staff at his Columbus medical clinic were prescribing painkillers without a legitimate medical purpose.

The government says Lake oversaw illegal operations at Columbus Southern Medical Center which included more than $38 million in patient payments.

The deal calls for the 50-year-old Lake to serve five years in prison. A sentencing date has not been set. A message was left with Lake’s attorney seeking comment.

Lake began serving a nine-year term as an Ohio University trustee in 2010 and resigned effective immediately on Jan. 21.