CINCINNATI (AP) — A former Ohio medical clinic doctor charged with illegal drug distribution is scheduled to change his plea at a hearing that usually signals a guilty plea.
James Lassiter was one of six doctors accused in a federal indictment last year of prescribing pain medication without performing meaningful examinations of patients.
The indictment also alleged the 59-year-old Lassiter opened an unlicensed dispensary after legitimate pharmacists refused to fill prescriptions.
Cincinnati federal judge Michael Barrett on Tuesday scheduled a change of plea hearing for June 14 for Lassiter, who previously pleaded not guilty.
A message was left with Lassiter’s attorney.
A 2012 indictment alleges dozens of customers would travel hundreds of miles weekly to visit the clinics in southern and central Ohio and pay $200 per visit for painkillers.