Former Arkansas physician sentenced in prescriptions case

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A former Little Rock physician who admitted to writing nearly 190 fake oxycodone prescriptions as part of a drug trafficking conspiracy has been sentenced to nine years in prison.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Anne Gardner and defense attorney Paul James filed Richard Johns' sentencing agreement Monday. It prevents the prosecution and defense from opposing any sentence within the nine- to 11-year range that federal sentencing guidelines recommend.

The agreement also ends a dispute of how much money and property Johns is required to turn over to the federal government. Johns is required to pay "$190,000 to satisfy all outstanding forfeiture claims against the defendant."

Johns also must surrender more than $155,600 that was seized in April 2015, as proceeds of each of the $500 false prescriptions.



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