- Associated Press - Friday, June 19, 2015

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - Court records show a family doctor from Georgia is to plead guilty to role in a criminal case alleging he ran a prescription pill ring with casino workers in South Mississippi.

Attorneys for Dr. Sanjay Sinha of Woodstock, Georgia, notified U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden of his change of plea. A plea hearing is scheduled Monday in Gulfport.

The 49-year-old Sinha was set for trial July 20 on a 40-count indictment.

He is accused of writing prescriptions outside the scope of professional practice and not for legitimate medical purposes.

Two of Sinha’s three co-defendants were casino workers. They have each pleaded guilty to a charge of possession with intent to distribute. Their sentencings are pending.

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