- Associated Press - Saturday, November 7, 2015

MONTROSE, Colo. (AP) - A former Western Slope doctor has made a plea deal with prosecutors over charges that he and another physician overprescribed painkillers to patients, four of whom died of overdoses.

Sam Jahani pleaded guilty Friday to conspiracy to violate controlled substances laws, health care fraud and money laundering. In return, prosecutors dropped dozens of other charges that included unlawful dispensing of a controlled substance.

Prosecutors are recommending a prison sentence of two years and forfeiture of $3.2 million from Jahani and the other doctor, Eric Peper.

Peper previously pleaded guilty in a deal with prosecutors.

Jahani is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 8.

Jahani and Peper ran Urgent Care clinics in Delta, Montrose and Grand Junction. The clinics were shut down after federal raids in 2009.

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