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Former Pikeville doctor admits fraudulently obtaining pills

A former Pikeville doctor on Friday admitted to fraudulently obtaining thousands of prescription pills for personal use.

Nicholas Raschella pleaded guilty to obtaining Oxycodone, Valium and Xanax by misrepresentation, fraud, deception and subterfuge, according to a press release from the Office of the U.S. Attorney Eastern District of Kentucky.

In 2007, authorities issued search warrants for Raschella's house and office and found 19,223 prescription pills and $10,000 in cash. Raschella hid most of the pills at his home in several safes, the release said.

According to court documents, Raschella overprescribed Oxycodone for a patient and told the patient to bring him the surplus of pills. Raschella then took the extra pills without the knowledge of the patient, the release said.

Raschella also admitted that he ordered Valium and Xanax from a distributor in Florida to be sent to his clinic, then took those pills to his house for personal use as well, the release said.

Authorities found more than 17,000 Xanax and Valium pills.

Raschella will be sentenced in Lexington on Oct. 29 and faces up to four years in prison.

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