By Associated Press - Saturday, April 6, 2019

VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) - A 69-year-old physician is heading to federal prison for illegally prescribing opioids at clinics in Georgia.

A U.S. District Court judge sentenced Dr. Vinod Shah to six years in prison after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to illegally dispersing drugs.

The Valdosta Daily Times reports Shah admitted in a plea agreement to prescribing addictive opioids to patients who had no medical need for them when he worked at clinics in Valdosta and Columbus. He was sentenced to prison at a court hearing Wednesday.

U.S. Attorney Charles Peeler said seven other defendants who worked at the same clinics were sentenced in December. A news release from Peeler’s office said the clinics made more than $2 million selling thousands of opioid prescriptions for cash.

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Information from: The Valdosta Daily Times, http://valdostadailytimes.com/

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