Former Cabell county doctor sentenced for drug crime
A former Cabell county doctor will spend the next two years in prison after being convicted on prescription drug charges.
Anita Dawson was sentenced in court Monday by Judge Robert Chambers to two years in prison for violating federal drug control laws.
U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin says Dawson, 55, of Milton, previously pleaded guilty back in July to aiding and abetting the illegal acquisition of prescription drugs by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception, and subterfuge.
Her sentence is four times the maximum sentence recommended under federal guidelines of zero to six months.
Dawson was accused of writing prescriptions for nearly 6,000 pills containing oxycodone and more than 220 pills of Endocet to a patient they say she knew was getting the pills for addiction and other inappropriate reasons.
Authorities say several other patients died from drug overdoses.
Federal and state investigators executed a search warrant at her Milton office in April of 2010..
The same day, her medical license was suspended by the West Virginia Board of Osteopathy.
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