Feds Charge Ex-W.Va. Doctor Over Prescriptions

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have charged a former West Virginia doctor whose prescribing practices were linked to 11 deaths.

Dr. Anita Dawson is accused of aiding and abetting the obtaining of controlled substances through deception and fraud.

The felony charge filed Monday alleges the Cabell County osteopath engaged in this conduct from at least July 2006 through May 2009. Court records do not list a lawyer for her.

Dawson surrendered her medical license in 2011. The state Board of Osteopathy had earlier suspended it following an April 2010 federal raid of her Milton office.

The board faulted Dawson for prescribing powerful pain drugs to eight patients who died of overdoses. A ninth patient killed three people in an April 2009 car crash while under the influence of drugs prescribed by Dawson.

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