Ex-doctor Sentenced For Writing Bogus Pain Pill Prescription

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – A former physician in West Virginia has been sentenced to six months in federal prison for writing a bogus prescription to get pain pills.

Fifty-two-year-old Gregory Donald Chaney was sentenced Monday in federal court in Huntington to obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.

Prosecutors say Chaney owned the now-closed Tri-State Medical Center in Barboursville. In 2015, Chaney wrote a prescription for one of his employees for 120 oxycodone pills. Chaney admitted he never examined the employee and the prescription was written without medical necessity.

Chaney then instructed the employee to have the prescription filled at a particular pharmacy. The employee gave the pills to Chaney in exchange for $830 in lieu of unpaid wages.