By Associated Press - Wednesday, September 9, 2020

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A doctor and a pharmacist from Alabama have been sentenced to prison in what federal prosecutors described as a prescription drug scam, federal authorities said Wednesday.

U.S. District Judge Annemarie C. Axon sentenced Dr. Paul Roberts of Fultondale to six years in prison, and pharmacist Stanley Reeves of Demopolis was sentenced to more than three years, according to an FBI statement.

Both men pleaded guilty to fraud-related charges, and both agreed in deals with prosecutors to give up their professional licenses to work in health care.

Roberts was accused to writing $2.2 million in bogus prescriptions to patients including two women from whom he sought sex. Reeves, who owned F&F Drugs, was accused of filling $10.5 million worth of unnecessary prescriptions in exchange for kickbacks.

The judge sentenced both to pay millions in fines and restitution. A third man is awaiting trial.

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