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Legal Dealings

The medical cases in the courts that influence our justice system.

Physician Sentenced to Prison for Illegally Prescribing Anti-Anxiety Drug (MedPage Today)
According to the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Missouri, Collinsville resident Matthew Steven Miller, 43, was charged with issuing Xanax prescriptions for six persons between 2016 and 2018 who he had not medically examined.

Children’s Hospital Accused of Sexual Abuse; AMA Joins Class-Action Against Cigna (MedPage Today)
The weekly roundup from MedPage Today, focusing on healthcare’s latest encounters with the courts.

Supreme Court Raises Bar for Convicting Doctors of Controlled Substances Act Violations (MPR)
If carelessness instances were made crimes, it would be very harmful to the medical field. In light of this ruling, the government now has the burden of demonstrating that the physician knew his or her activities weren’t permitted after the physician had claimed their authorization.

Fake Doctor Scammed Women on Dating Sites in Elaborate Scheme (MedPage Today)
A man who tricked 30 women into believing he was a doctor and then stole $1.3 million from them was given a 9-year sentence in federal prison. By using more than six distinct online dating services and 13 names, Brian Brainard Wedgeworth, 47, who was dubbed the “Casanova Scammer” by law enforcement and the media, was able to meet women, win their trust, and steal their money. Wedgeworth entered a plea of guilty to 25 counts of money laundering, aggravated identity theft, wire fraud, and mail fraud.

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