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4 years for ex-doctor in Ohio pain-clinic case

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A former doctor has been sentenced to four years in prison for her role in a southern Ohio pill mill.

Federal prosecutors alleged that Brenda Banks allowed the clinic’s co-owner to use her prescription-writing certificate to order more than 200,000 painkillers, mainly hydrocodone.

Judge Sandra Beckwith sentenced Banks in federal court in Cincinnati Wednesday, rejecting Banks’ request for probation. Beckwith also said she’ll recommend a 500-hour prison drug treatment program for Banks.

Banks was named in a 2010 indictment that alleged Ohio Medical and Pain Management employees filled dozens of cash-only prescriptions a day. Beckwith sentenced the clinic’s two former owners to long prison terms earlier this week.

Banks pleaded guilty in April to one count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud or misrepresentation.