- Associated Press - Friday, May 13, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A doctor accused of knowing about and concealing from authorities the illegal distribution of controlled substances in Little Rock has pleaded guilty.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/24TRGpz ) reports that 45-year-old Shawn Brooks pleaded guilty Tuesday to a reduced charge of misprision of a felony, which is having knowledge of a felony.

Prosecutors say Brooks wrote illegitimate prescriptions for 156,630 hydrocodone pills and 125,546 Xanax tablets at KJ Medical Clinic, where he worked from December 2014 through March 12, 2015.

Brooks is prohibited from applying for a medical license in any state and from reapplying for a Drug Enforcement Administration registration number that would authorize him to write prescriptions.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Anne Gardner said that Brooks believed that clinic to be a legitimate practice when he began working there, but came to recognize it as a pill mill.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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