North Texas doctor already in prison gets 7 more years for running hydrocodone 'pill mill'


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DALLAS — A North Texas doctor already in federal prison for health care fraud has been given an additional seven years for running a clinic that authorities have called a "pill mill."

Nicholas Padron was sentenced Wednesday after admitting to one count of conspiracy to unlawfully distribute a Schedule III controlled substance.

Prosecutors say Padron and a co-defendant ran a "cash-only clinic" that sold drugs like hydrocodone.

Padron was already serving a 5-year sentence for his role as medical director of A Medical House Calls, which provided home doctor visits to Medicare patients.

Prosecutors say his sentences will run consecutively.

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