Bristol Herald Courier

ABINGDON, Va. — A medical doctor who operated two rural health care practices in Lebanon, Virginia, was convicted Wednesday of federal drug and health care fraud charges, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

After more than two weeks of trial in U.S. District Court in Abingdon, Dwight L. Bailey, 65, was convicted of 63 counts, prosecutors said in a news release. Bailey, who operated Family Healthcare Associates of Southwest Virginia and Ridgewood Health Care Clinic, was convicted of illegally prescribing drugs to his patients.

Evidence at trial established that Bailey and the other providers in his office continually wrote prescriptions for opiates, benzodiazepines and sleeping pills for patients who were clearly misusing, abusing and diverting those controlled substances, the release states.

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