Doctor convicted of writing bogus painkiller prescriptions

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) – A former Chesterfield County physician has been convicted of fraudulently writing dozens painkiller prescriptions from his home.

News outlets report that 40-year-old Dr. Kyle Douglas Compton was given a five-year suspended prison term after entering an Alford plea Wednesday to one count of conspiring to violate the Drug Control Act by engaging in prescription fraud. In an Alford plea, the defendant doesn’t admit guilt but acknowledges there’s enough evidence for a conviction.

Authorities say Compton issued 53 unlawful prescriptions for hydrocodone or oxycodone from his former home-based practice in Midlothian to people not under his care in exchange for a cut of the highly addictive narcotics. It is unclear what Compton did with the drugs. His license has been suspended.

Six others are awaiting trial in connection with the scheme.

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