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Ohio doctor pleads guilty to writing fake prescriptions

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — An Ohio physician admitted Monday to writing fraudulent prescriptions for the purpose of selling the items on the streets.

Dr. Tod Hagins, 52, operated Weirton Suboxone Clinic in Weirton. He admitted to prescribing oxycodone to several individuals without a medical purpose. He also said he wrote the prescriptions in a manner where the individual filing the prescription could be paid by West Virginia Medicaid.

He pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances outside the bounds of professional medical practice, one count of health care fraud and one count of money laundering.

Hagins faces up to 50 years in prison and fines totaling $1,000,000.

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