- Associated Press - Monday, January 30, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Latest on doctor charged with running a pill mill and evading taxes (all times local):

5 p.m.

The government says a doctor and former university trustee has pleaded guilty to charges of running a pill mill and evading $3.5 million in taxes.

Prosecutors say in the plea entered Monday in federal court that Dr. Kevin Lake acknowledged knowing that 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 50-year-old Lake faces five years in prison at sentencing. A message was left with Lake’s attorney seeking comment.

Lake served one year as a Bowling Green State University trustee and about seven years as an Ohio University trustee before resigning Jan. 21.

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1:20 p.m.

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.

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.

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