- Associated Press - Saturday, October 7, 2017

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - One of 12 people indicted in a probe of a prescription drug ring allegedly run by health-care workers has pleaded guilty in the case.

The Sun Herald reports 26-year-old Kayla Tiara Caldwell accepted a plea agreement Friday, admitting she fraudulently obtained an oxycodone prescription in Harrison County on Nov. 25, 2015.

A grand jury indicted the group June 21 following the investigation of three workers at Merit Health’s Gulf Oaks Outpatient Center in Biloxi. They’re accused of conspiring to dispense, distribute and acquire controlled substances outside the scope of professional practice.

Caldwell was indicted on two counts of prescription fraud and a conspiracy charge.

She faces up to four years in prison and a $250,000 fine. U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden set sentencing for Jan. 11.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com

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