Louisville doctor sentenced for overprescribing pain pills

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – A former doctor with offices in Louisville and southern Indiana has been sentenced to 100 months in prison for unlawfully distributing prescription drugs.

Jamie Guerrero agreed to pay $827,000 in restitution to victims as part of a January plea agreement. U.S. District Judge Greg Stevens sentenced the former anesthesiologist on Thursday.

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Guererro, 48, conspired with others from 2009 to 2014 to distribute controlled substances to patients without a legitimate medical purpose, according to the plea agreement. The U.S. Attorney’s office says one of his patients died from an overdose in 2011.

One three separate days in 2011, Guererro saw 100 patients in a day, spending just a few minutes with each patient and fraudulently billed health care benefit programs on those dates, the U.S. Attorney said.

He also pleaded guilty to health care fraud, conspiracy and money laundering.

 

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