- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 24, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A family physician in Napa who was forced to surrender his medical license three years ago has been charged with allegedly writing unnecessary prescriptions to a woman who then sought Medicare reimbursement for the cost of the drugs.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Francisco said Paul D. Woodward was arraigned Tuesday on charges of fraud and drug distribution. A federal indictment states the 71-year-old doctor prescribed medications such as the pain drug fentanyl that his co-defendant, Karen Kramer, allegedly used to secure $1.3 million in reimbursements over 4 ½ years.

The indictment alleges that Woodward also wrote illegitimate prescriptions to other patients for narcotics such as oxycodone, hydromorphone and hydrocodone.

The California Medical Board ordered Woodward to stop practicing medicine after finding he had engaged in repeated negligence, including writing prescriptions while his license was suspended.

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