Louisiana doctor's girlfriend pleads guilty to 5 counts in prescription fraud case


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VICKSBURG, Mississippi — The girlfriend of a Louisiana physician has pleaded guilty to five counts of prescription forgery.

The Vicksburg Post reports (http://bit.ly/1nzKCHI ) Pattie Carr, who prosecutors say had her live-in boyfriend write her fraudulent prescriptions for more than 13,000 pills, will be sentenced Aug. 4.

Carr and Dr. Lawrence Francis Chenier III were indicted on 74 counts each of prescription forgery. Chenier, who lives in Vicksburg and has a medical practice in Tallulah, Louisiana, is also charged with a count of conspiracy.

Chenier is scheduled for trial Sept. 21.

Prosecutors allege Chenier wrote prescriptions under assumed names to Carr. Authorities say Carr picked up the painkillers hydrocodone and Lyrica at a Vicksburg pharmacy using the prescriptions written by Chenier.

Carr pleaded guilty this past week in Warren County Circuit Court.

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

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