- Associated Press - Friday, May 1, 2015

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - A Chattanooga doctor and nurse practitioner have been sentenced to federal prison for their role in a massive East Tennessee pill mill operation.

Federal prosecutors say U.S. District Judge Curtis Collier on Thursday sentenced Dr. Jerome Sherard to five years in prison. The office of U.S. Attorney Bill Killian said the 60-year-old doctor was also ordered to pay nearly $193,000 to the federal government. Nurse practitioner Charles Larmore was sentenced to 13 years in prison. The 67-year-old Larmore was fined $20,000 and ordered to forfeit nearly $376,000.

The pair pleaded guilty to federal drug charges involving three Chattanooga clinics. Federal prosecutors say they both got reduced sentences for agreeing to help prosecute others in the operation.

Faith Blake and Barbara Lang are two other defendants awaiting sentencing.

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