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Northern Kentucky doctor pleads guilty in drug case

A Northern Kentucky doctor has pleaded guilty to illegally distributing prescription drugs.

Dr. Milton Brindley, 66, of Augusta, admitted that he collected $591,000 in exchange for oxycodone, hydrocodone and other controlled substances over a four-year period.

According to the U.S. Attorney's office, Brindley was part of a conspiracy in which certain people acted as "transporters," recruiting people to come to his office as patients. The transporters allegedly paid for the visits and paid Brindley an additional fee for the controlled substance prescriptions he wrote the fake patients.

The transporters then took the prescriptions to pharmacy, where they paid to have them filled, then split the pills with the fake patients. Many of the pills were then sold. The transporters also received prescriptions in exchange for money or for bringing the patients to Brindley.

Brindley is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 26 in U.S. District Court in Covington. He faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

As part of his plea agreement, he agreed to forfeit $35,000, his interest in the real estate where his office is located and pornography seized from his office. He also will have a $591,000 judgement against him.