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Doctor guilty of drug charge

Published: Thu, August 4, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.

WARREN -- A doctor who worked at a pain management clinic will spend two years on probation, pay a $5,000 fine and make $95,000 in restitution for drug possession convictions.
Dr. Christopher J. Sherman, 53, of Old Wagon Lane, Howland, was sentenced Wednesday by Judge W. Wyatt McKay of Trumbull County Common Pleas Court.
Dr. Sherman was indicted in March 2004. He and two other doctors facing charges had worked out of Pain Management Associates, 5000 E. Market St.
He was indicted on charges of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, aggravated trafficking in drugs, trafficking in drugs, illegal processing of drug documents and practicing medicine without a certificate. Dr. Sherman also faced two additional counts of aggravated possession of drugs.
In April, however, Dr. Sherman pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated possession of drugs.
The case involved issuing presigned prescriptions to patients for controlled substances. Some of the prescriptions were for OxyContin, a highly addictive prescription painkiller. Dr. Sherman billed patients $18,000, prosecutors said.
The indictments were the result of a three-month investigation by agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Ohio State Board of Pharmacy, Mahoning Valley Law Enforcement Task Force, Trumbull County Sheriff's Department and the Trumbull County Prosecutor's Office.

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