CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A pharmacist has been sentenced to six months in prison for illegally dispensing controlled substances in Mingo County.
Prosecutors say 77-year-old James P. Wooley of Louisa, Ky., also was fined $5,000 Thursday in federal court in Charleston. He also has paid a $500,000 fine in a related civil case for Medicare and Medicaid fraud.
Prosecutors say Wooley owned and operated drug stores at two locations near Kermit. An investigation revealed that Wooley and other pharmacists under his direction dispensed controlled substances that did not have a doctor’s approval.
Wooley pleaded guilty in February to conspiracy to fraudulently obtain drugs.
Wooley’s conviction stemmed from a federal investigation of a Mingo County clinic that has been shut down.