A former Dublin doctor was convicted late Thursday evening on federal drug distribution charges.
Linda Sue Cheek was convicted after an eight-day trial in the United States District Court in Roanoke on 172 of the 173 counts she was facing. Evidence at trial showed that Cheek wrote prescriptions for controlled substances on her revoked DEA number and wrote prescriptions on a DEA number that belonged to another person, according to the U.S. District Attorney's Office.
“Despite losing her license to prescribe medication, Dr. Cheek repeatedly provided pain medication to vulnerable patients,” United States Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy said on Friday. “Her motive was greed, and she collected thousands of dollars over the course of her illegal scheme. The abuse of prescription drugs in Southwest Virginia is a public health crisis, one that is tearing families apart. We will continue to investigate and prosecute health care providers like Linda Cheek who circumvent the rules and illegally dispense these highly addictive substances.”
"Dr. Cheek broke the law over and over again by illegally prescribing prescription drugs and
exploiting vulnerable patients," Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said. "We will not tolerate criminal behavior as a 'cost of doing business' or for purposes of greed. We will continue our fight to protect Virginia's most vulnerable citizens."
Original story from June 27, 2012
A New River Valley pain-management doctor has pleaded not guilty to federal drug distribution charges.
Linda Sue Cheek of Dublin is charged in a 173-count indictment with distributing oxycodone and other prescription pain drugs without holding a valid Drug Enforcement Administration certificate. The 63-year-old Cheek also is accused of using another doctor's DEA registration number.
The Roanoke Times reports that Cheek entered her plea Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Roanoke. She remains free on bond.
The Virginia Board of Medicine suspended Cheek's medical license last year after she was convicted of Medicare and Medicaid fraud.
Original story from May 25
A Dublin doctor has been indicted by a grand jury on charge that she illegally gave out controlled substances.
The grand jury charged 63-year-old Linda Cheek with 86 counts of distributing controlled substances without holding a valid certificate, 81 counts of using a DEA registration number issued to another person, and five counts of using a DEA registration number which has been revoked or suspended.
If convicted, Cheeks is facing several years in prison and several hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines on each charge. To read the indictment, click here.
Here is the news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office:
A medical doctor from Dublin, Va. has been indicted by a federal grand jury sitting in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke on charges related to her alleged illegal distribution of controlled substances.
On Thursday, May 24, 2012, the grand jury charged Linda Sue Cheek, 63, of Dublin, Va., with 86 counts of distributing scheduled controlled substances without holding a valid certificate of DEA Registration, 81 counts of using a DEA registration number issued to another person, five counts of using a DEA registration number which has been revoked or suspended and one count of maintaining a drug-involved premise.
If convicted, Dr. Cheek faces a maximum possible penalty of between three and ten years in prison and/or a fine of up to $500,000 on each of the distribution of schedule substances charges, a maximum possible penalty of up to four years in prison and/or a fine of up to $250,000 on each of the use of a DEA registration number issued to another person charges; a maximum possible penalty of up to four years in prison and/or a fine of up to $250,00 on each of the use of a DEA registration number which has been revoked charges; and a maximum possible penalty of up to 20 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $500,000 on the maintaining a drug-involved premise charge.
The investigation of the case was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Virginia Sate Police and the Office of the Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Virginia, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. Assistant United States Attorney Jennie L.M. Waering and Virginia Assistant Attorney General and Special Assistant United States Attorney Vaso T. Doubles are prosecuting the case for the United States.