U.S. News / Virginia

‘Pill mill’ trial delayed for accused doctor’s surgery

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Court records show the jury trial for a prescription drug ring in Virginia has been rescheduled because the accused doctor involved is having surgery.

Richmond Times-Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/2qufp1G ) the trial set to begin Wednesday has been rescheduled for Aug. 7 as 61-year-old Dr. Clarence Scranage Jr. will be having kidney surgery.

Prosecutors say Scranage took cash in exchange for prescribing painkillers to people he hadn’t examined, who then sold the drugs. Authorities allege Scranage had offices in the Richmond-area for the past five years. He was indicted in February on felony drug charges. An FBI agent who investigated the case testified in March that the scheme brought in around $2.4 million.

Scranage, who is representing himself, filed a motion on May 22 challenging the federal court’s jurisdiction to try him.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com

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