- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 26, 2017

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - A northern Colorado surgeon accused of writing fake prescriptions has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor drug charges.

The Coloradoan reports (https://noconow.co/2q5NKjK) Kenneth Pettine was sentenced to five years of probation and barred from practicing medicine for life on Tuesday.

Prosecutors say the Johnstown surgeon, who used to practice at a Fort Collins hospital, wrote himself phony prescriptions for sleeping medicine over the course of three years. He was arrested in June after two of his business partners reported him to authorities.

The partners told investigators Pettine had seemed intoxicated and incoherent during several patient consultations.

Pettine still faces several lawsuits over malpractice allegations.

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Information from: Fort Collins Coloradoan, https://www.coloradoan.com

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