Vicksburg woman sentenced to 2 years in prison for role in a prescription drug fraud case

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VICKSBURG, Mississippi — A Vicksburg woman has been sentenced to two years in prison for her role in a prescription drug fraud case.

The Vicksburg Post reports (http://bit.ly/1tNl6Nv ) that Patti Carr also was given three years' probation Tuesday by Warren County Circuit Judge M. James Chaney. Carr pleaded guilty in September to five counts of prescription forgery.

Chaney also said Carr must complete drug and alcohol treatment while in prison.

Prosecutors said Carr is the live-in girlfriend of Dr. Lawrence Francis Chenier III. Chenier has a home in Vicksburg and a medical practice in Tallulah, Louisiana.

Prosecutors said Chenier wrote 73 prescriptions for painkillers to Carr under assumed names over a period of months before narcotics agents raided their home in September 2011. Prosecutors said Carr picked up the pills from drug stores around Vicksburg.

In October, Chenier was found not guilty of conspiracy but jurors failed to reach a verdict on 73 counts of prescription forgery. Prosecutors have not announced if they will retry Chenier on the forgery counts.

Throughout Chenier's trial, defense attorneys argued Carr stole the doctor's prescription pad and forged the prescriptions. Carr has denied the allegations.

Prosecutors said narcotics agents found about 300 empty pill bottles in the home Carr and Chenier share.

The state of Louisiana has placed Chenier's medical license on probation. The Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners lists Chenier's license as active but limited.

Chenier received his medical degree in 1980 at Meharry Medical College in Nashville and has been in practice since 1982, records show.


Information from: The Vicksburg Post, http://www.vicksburgpost.com

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