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Former Lebanon doctor indicted for health care fraud, drug charges

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A former physician who operated two clinics in Russell County, Virginia has been indicted by a federal grand jury on fraud and drug charges.

Dwight L. Bailey is facing five counts including conspiracy to commit health care fraud and illegal distribution of narcotics, according to court documents obtained by News 5 on Tuesday.

Prosecutors said Bailey continued to prescribe Suboxone for a patient between 2007 and 2012 while the patient continued to use other illegal drugs. They also contend Bailey billed the patient's insurance company for more than $14,000 in prescriptions during that time.

Court documents show the patient clinically diagnosed as addicted by Bailey was given more than 2,500 doses of Suboxone during those five years.

Bailey's medical license was suspended by state officials in June 2014 and his offices in Lebanon were closed. He was also the subject of a civil malpractice suit involving a former patient in 2015 where the jury awarded the patient's family $3 million.

He is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges next Tuesday, Oct. 3, in U.S. District Court in Abingdon.

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