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Doc steals colleague’s ID to score 2K pain pills in West Virginia

May 22, 2019, Clarksburg, WV — Authorities say a West Virginia physician has pleaded guilty to writing fraudulent prescriptions so he could get drugs.

U.S. Attorney Bill Powell on Tuesday said Chad Poage has admitted to writing 30 fraudulent prescriptions between November 2015 and March 2018.

Prosecutors say Poage obtained a total of nearly 2,000 pills by using his colleagues' drug registration numbers when writing prescriptions. Most of the pills were painkillers.

A press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of West Virginia says he also used stolen driver's licenses when he picked up the fraudulently prescribed drugs from pharmacies in the area of Morgantown.

As part of Poage's guilty plea, he admitted that, from November 2015 to March 2018, he wrote 30 fraudulent prescriptions for approximately 1,330 50-milligram tablets of Tramadol; 420 5-milligram tablets of Diazepam; and 50 30-milligram tablets of acetaminophen-codeine no. 3, all allegedly for his own use.

The 35-year-old Poage was an orthopedic surgeon who worked in a practice with locations in Morgantown and Fairmont.

Poage pleaded guilty to one count of acquiring or obtaining possession of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge.

Source: WHSV

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