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Alabama nurse practitioner sentenced in pill mill case

May 30, 2019

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced an Alabama nurse practitioner accused of running a pill mill to 10 years in prison.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports that Judge Sharon Blackburn called Lillian Akwuba a drug dealer during Wednesday’s sentencing hearing in Montgomery and said Akwuba had destroyed people’s lives.

Akwuba was found guilty in October of unlawfully distributing controlled substances, including fentanyl, oxycodone and methadone. Blackburn said she prescribed outrageous quantities of narcotics to vulnerable patients.

Akwuba said she let her family down and was embarrassed and in pain.

She was among numerous doctors, nurses and medical staff charged in what prosecutors say was a pill mill operation in Montgomery.

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Information from: Montgomery Advertiser, http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com

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