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Vet Sentenced for Prescription Fraud

A Pensacola-area veterinarian who was accused of writing prescriptions for thousands of methadone tablets for his ex-wife’s dog -- but was actually giving them to his daughter-in-law -- has been sentenced to 20 months in state prison, the Pensacola News Journal reports.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency started investigating Michael Bishop Windley, 67, after a pharmacist became suspicious of the prescriptions he had written. Windley told investigators he was giving the drugs to his daughter-in-law, who he said he was recovering from cancer, the News Journal reports.

Originally founded in December 2006 as an independent grassroots publication dedicated to coverage of health issues in Florida, Health News Florida was acquired by WUSF Public Media in September 2012.