- Associated Press - Saturday, November 22, 2014

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - The sentencing of a Vicksburg woman for her role in a prescription drug fraud case has been rescheduled for Dec. 2.

Sentencing for Patti Carr had originally been set for this week. Carr pleaded guilty in September to five counts of prescription forgery.

The Vicksburg Post reports (https://bit.ly/11m54DA ) Warren County Circuit Judge M. James Chaney rescheduled the sentencing.

Prosecutors said Carr is the live-in girlfriend of Dr. Lawrence Francis Chenier III. Chenier has a home in Vicksburg and a medical practice in Tallulah, Louisiana.

Prosecutors said Chenier wrote 73 prescriptions for painkillers to Carr under assumed names over a period of months before narcotics agents raided their home in September 2011. Prosecutors said Carr picked up the pills from drug stores around Vicksburg.

In October, Chenier was found not guilty of conspiracy but jurors failed to reach a verdict on 73 counts of prescription forgery. Prosecutors have not announced if they will retry Chenier on the forgery counts.

Throughout Chenier’s trial, defense attorneys argued Carr stole the doctor’s prescription pad and forged the prescriptions. Carr has denied the allegations.

Prosecutors said narcotics agents found about 300 empty pill bottles in the home Carr and Chenier share.

The state of Louisiana has placed Chenier’s medical license on probation. The Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners lists Chenier’s license as active but limited.

Chenier received his medical degree in 1980 at Meharry Medical College in Nashville and has been in practice since 1982, records show.


Information from: The Vicksburg Post, https://www.vicksburgpost.com

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