Judge to sentence 7 in deadly Ohio pill mill case

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CINCINNATI (AP) -- A judge has set sentencing dates for six doctors and the owner of three pain management clinics where they worked, all of whom previously pleaded guilty to charges related to the clinics' operations.

Indictments in 2012 and last year 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 indictments said prescriptions were written without meaningful physical exams and contributed to the deaths of at least two patients.

Cincinnati federal Judge Michael Barrett will sentence the clinic owner and five doctors on May 21 and a sixth doctor on June 12.

No sentencing date has been set for an eighth defendant who pleaded guilty last month to failing to file federal income taxes.