- Associated Press - Thursday, January 7, 2016

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) - A Beckley pain clinic doctor has pleaded guilty to illegally prescribing a controlled substance and submitting false health care claims.

Jose Gordinho entered the plea Thursday in federal court in Beckley.

Gordinho faces up to 10 years in prison and a $1.25 million fine, along with restitution to Medicare and Medicaid.

Sentencing has been set for April 26.

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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