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MI Physician Faces 20 Years in Prison

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 4, 2011

She sometimes wrote prescriptions for people who were not her patients, without an examination or determination of medical necessity, and without a diagnosis or entry in a patient chart. Washington gave the illegal prescriptions to Virginia Dillard, a co-defendant, who filled the prescriptions at area pharmacies and sold the drugs to dealers. The prescriptions sold for $1,000 to $2,200 apiece, and Washington and Dillard shared the money. Dillard pleaded guilty earlier this week.

In an unrelated charge, Washington recently pleaded guilty in a public corruption case involving Detroit Public Schools and she is awaiting sentencing on that charge, prosecutors said.



John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.

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