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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — A southwestern Illinois doctor will be sentenced in April after he admitted defrauding the state's Medicaid program and illegally dispensing prescription medications.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports 68-year-old Viwathna Bhuthimethee of Alton pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis to one count of health care fraud and 14 counts of illegal distribution of a controlled substance.
Authorities say Bhuthimethee ran an Alton walk-in clinic with his wife. He was indicted in 2012.
Investigators accused him of operating a "pill mill" in which he prescribed more than 2,000 painkiller or anti-anxiety pills to four women from 2008 through 2010 outside the course of his professional practice.
He's set to be sentenced April 3.
Police have identified the victim of a hit-and-run accident in Chesterfield Wednesday.
Authorities say the 41-year-old victim, now identified as Joseph Roy, was walking along Olive Blvd about a mile west of Highway 141, when he was hit. Roy was was found lying in the snow around 7 AM.
Police have not released any information on the driver involved in the accident.