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Virginia doctor convicted in pill mill operation

(AP) A Virginia physician accused of being a key player in an oxycodone pill mill operation has been convicted on 19 drug-related charges.

A Richmond federal jury returned the verdict Thursday against 62-year-old Clarence Scranage Jr. of King George, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

Scranage was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to possess controlled substances with the intent to distribute them and 18 counts of distribution of controlled substances.

Scranage ran a pain-management practice in the Richmond area and acted as his own attorney at trial. Prosecutors alleged that over four years, he wrote hundreds of prescriptions for oxycodone pills, many times for people he had not examined, in exchange for money.

Scranage was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Service. A sentencing hearing has been set for Nov. 17.

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