Ohio lawyer admits tax evasion in pain pill case

ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS AP Legal Affairs Writer Published:

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A lawyer has pleaded guilty to a single count of tax evasion after authorities decided not to retry him following a hung jury last year on more serious charges related to alleged Ohio pill mills.

The original charges against 68-year-old Steven Hillman of suburban Columbus were part of a 2012 indictment against eight individuals that alleged dozens of customers a week would travel hundreds of miles to visit clinics in southern and central Ohio and pay $200 per visit for painkillers.

The indictment said prescriptions were written without meaningful physical exams and contributed to the deaths of at least two patients.

A jury deadlocked after Hillman's trial last August.

No sentencing date has been set.

Hillman's attorney says his client accepts full responsibility for failing to pay taxes.