A New River Valley doctor was convicted Thursday of distributing painkillers and other medications to her patients.
After deliberating more than four hours, a jury in Roanoke’s federal court found Dr. Linda Sue Cheek guilty of 172 counts of either prescribing the drugs without a valid DEA registration number or using one issued to another doctor working in her practice.
Reading the jury’s verdict, a court clerk took more than 10 minutes to say the word “guilty” 172 times as Cheek sat at the defense table with her head bowed.
Cheek, who in 2008 was barred from prescribing drugs because of a health care fraud conviction, used the registration number of a semi-retired doctor who worked just one day a week at her Dublin office, the jury was told during the two-week trial.
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