- Associated Press - Thursday, April 17, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A Las Cruces physician has been arrested for allegedly overprescribing pain medication that resulted in the deaths of two patients.

Prosecutors say 61-year-old Pawan Kumar Jain was taken into custody Thursday.

A federal grand jury indicted Jain on 61 counts of unlawfully dispensing controlled substances and 50 counts of health care fraud.

According to the indictment, Jain allegedly committed the offenses between April 2009 and June 2010.

At the time, Jain was a licensed physician with a neurology subspecialty who operated a Las Cruces pain management medical practice.

His medical license was suspended in June 2012 and revoked six months later by the New Mexico Medical Board.

Jain is accused of unlawfully dispensing prescription painkillers to patients outside the usual course of medical practice and without a legitimate medical purpose.

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