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Virginia doctor charged with writing internet prescriptions

Federal authorities say a Mechanicsville doctor wrote thousands of prescriptions for people he never examined.

Torino Jennings, a staff physician at Retreat Doctors’ Hospital in Richmond, is accused of issuing 50,000 to 100,000 prescriptions for the relaxant Soma and other drugs between 2004 and 2007, reports the Boston Globe. Authorities say he was compensated between $5 and $7 for each prescription he wrote on behalf of an online pharmacy.

Jennings faces 11 counts of illegal issuance of prescriptions and tax fraud.

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