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Illinois doctor charged in prescription drug case

May 15, 2013

STERLING, Ill. (AP) — A northern Illinois doctor has been arrested on federal charges he excessively prescribed pain medication.

The Daily Gazette in Sterling reports (http://bit.ly/16AC23z) that 61-year-old Richard Ng was arrested Wednesday. On Tuesday he was indicted on 89 federal counts including illegally dispensing prescription drugs and income tax fraud. He is accused of causing the deaths of three patients.

Ng practiced medicine at Sauk Medical Clinic offices in DeKalb and Sterling. Phone numbers for the clinics were disconnected on Wednesday. The newspaper reports that Ng’s license was suspended in 2011 when the accusations were first reported.

Ng’s wife, 54-year-old Lee Lee Foong, was the clinic office manager. She also was arrested and indicted in connection with the case.

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Information from: The Daily Gazette, http://www.saukvalley.com

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