Doctor imprisoned for phony painkiller prescriptions now charged with health care fraud

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PITTSBURGH — A Pittsburgh-area doctor serving more than 11 years in federal prison for writing phony painkiller prescriptions now faces health care fraud charges.

Roger Cox, the defense attorney for 43-year-old Oliver Herndon, tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ( ) that his client plans to plead guilty to the new charges in a deal that won't increase his current sentence.

Herndon, of McMurray, was sentenced two years ago after he was convicted of supplying patients with so many illegal painkillers that his arrest in 2011 caused the street price of the pills to double. Herndon was also ordered to repay $700,000 to two health insurance companies which paid for most of the drugs.

In the new case, he's charged with submitting hospice care claims for patients who weren't terminally ill or medical claims for other services not provided.

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