- Associated Press - Friday, February 5, 2016

BLAIRSVILLE, Ga. (AP) - The CEO of a north Georgia hospital is one of six suspects accused of being involved with fraudulent prescription painkillers.

District Attorney Jeffrey Langley’s office tells news outlets that Blairsville’s Union General Hospital CEO Mike Gowder and five others were arrested Wednesday after a nine-month-long investigation. Gowder faces two counts of fraudulently obtaining a controlled substance and one count of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.

Police say one of two physicians arrested in the raid, Dr. James Heaton, wrote more than 15,000 fraudulent prescriptions for painkillers for Gowder over a three-year period. Four of Gowder’s family members were among those apprehended. It’s unclear whether the suspects have attorneys.

Union County deputies, North Carolina law enforcement officers and Drug Enforcement Administration agents were all involved in the investigation.

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