West Virginia pain doctor pleads no contest to federal drug distribution charges

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CLARKSBURG, West Virginia — A north-central West Virginia doctor has been convicted of illegally distributing prescription pain pills.

U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II says 75-year-old Edita Milan of Fairmont pleaded no contest to maintaining a drug involved premises and four drug distribution counts Tuesday in federal court in Clarksburg. Ihlenfeld says the judge accepted the no contest plea over the government's objections.

The offenses are punishable by decades in prison and millions in fines, although federal sentencing guidelines likely will call for much less.

Milan ran a pain management office out of Bridgeport. Prosecutors have alleged that Milan was treating more than twice as many patients as she was permitted to treat with narcotics.

Six co-defendants have pleaded guilty to related charges.

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