- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) - A Beckley pain clinic doctor has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison for illegally prescribing a controlled substance and submitting false health care claims.

Dr. Jose Gordinho was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Beckley. He also was fined $15,000 and ordered to pay more than $48,000 in restitution to Medicare and Medicaid.

Under a plea agreement with federal prosecutors, Gordinho will no longer be allowed to prescribe controlled substances.

Gordinho was indicted in November on 21 counts of distributing controlled substances that were not for legitimate medical purposes. His guilty plea involved prescribing hydrocodone.

He also admitted to submitting false claims for services that were not medically necessary.

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