Doctor accused of writing fake prescriptions

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ABINGDON, Va. (AP) -- A North Carolina doctor has been charged with writing bogus pain prescriptions in Virginia and then reimbursing patients to share pills with his wife.

A news release from Virginia-based federal prosecutors said 56-year-old David Francis Lelio and 50-year-old Nadja Siiri Kujanson-Lelio of Charlotte, North Carolina, were each charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute oxycodone. David Lelio was also charged with making a false statement.

Prosecutors say that between 2016 and 2019 David Lelio wrote more than 60 prescriptions without a medical purpose, including some for Virginia patients. Authorities say he wrote the prescriptions in his patients' names with the understanding that some of the medicine would be shared with his wife and that reimbursed patients for the prescriptions.

Defense lawyer Daniel Zamora declined to comment.

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