November 25, 2014

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Ex-doctor to change plea in Ohio pain pill case

COLUMBUS — An ex-doctor is changing his plea to charges that he conspired to illegally distribute controlled substances at Ohio pain medication clinics.

The indictment earlier this year against Mark Fantauzzi and six others alleged that dozens of customers a week would travel hundreds of miles to visit the 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 change of plea hearing next month was scheduled Monday for Fantauzzi in federal court in Cincinnati.

A plea change hearing typically means a defendant will plead guilty.

State medical board records say Fantauzzi’s medical license was permanently revoked last year. His attorney, Random Hudson, declined comment Monday.