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Georgia pharmacist gets prison for illegal opioid handling

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A pharmacist from southern Georgia is heading to federal prison after pleading guilty to a crime involving fraud and illegal distribution of opioids. The office of U.S. Attorney Bobby Christine says in a news release that 42-year-old Ray Ashley Dixon of Baxley was sentenced Friday to four years in prison by a U.S. District Court judge. Dixon owned Fulghum Pharmacy, where prosecutors say he gave opioids to several people without prescriptions and billed insurers for more than $1.8 million in fake prescriptions. Dixon pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy. Prosecutors said agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency found that Dixon's pharmacy was unable account for more than 10,000 units of controlled drugs. Authorities said he will be required to pay back the $1.8 million.

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