- Associated Press - Monday, June 22, 2015

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - A family doctor from Georgia faces up to five years in prison for his role in an illegal pill mill that found its customers at Gulf Coast casinos between 2008 and 2012.

Dr. Sanjay Sinha of Woodstock, Georgia, pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Gulfport to one count of possession with intent to distribute or dispense a controlled substance outside the scope of professional practice. Prosecutors dropped 39 other counts.

According to multiple media reports, Sinha’s sentencing is Sept. 29.

The 49-year-old Sinha was accused of using casino workers and gambling visits to develop a cash-only business, writing hundreds of prescriptions for hydrocodone, oxycodone and other controlled substances.

Three co-defendants, two of them former casino workers, also have pleaded guilty on a federal drug-distribution charge and await sentencing.

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