- Associated Press - Friday, October 14, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Federal prosecutors in Philadelphia say a member of the Pagans motorcycle gang has been sentenced to nine years in prison for his role in a scheme to distribute prescription pain pills.

Prosecutors say Joseph Mitchell Sr. was sentenced on Thursday.

Records show William O’Brien, a former doctor of osteopathic medicine, worked with the gang and their associates to run a pill mill out of O’Brien’s medical offices.

Officials say O’Brien wrote bogus prescriptions for oxycodone and other drugs. They say the Pagans recruited “pseudo-patients” to buy the fake prescriptions.

The prescriptions were then filled and the pills were resold on the street.

O’Brien was sentenced earlier this month to 30 years in prison in the scheme. Eight other co-defendants have pleaded guilty and await sentencing.

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