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Ex-Pediatrician Sentenced In Pill Mill Case

A former doctor described as “extraordinarily kind” in his pediatric practice was sentenced to nearly six years in prison Tuesday for illegally prescribing oxycodone. Scott Becker admitted prescribing close to one million pills during a seven-month period, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Becker found the job at All Pain Management Clinic on Craigslist. He said he had clues it was a criminal enterprise, such as patients supposedly in pain giving him “a standing ovation” and being paid daily with an envelope full of cash.  

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