Louisa man gets six months in prison for conspiring illegally to buy drugs

A Louisa man who operated two pharmacies in West Virginia has been sentenced to six months in prison and a $5,000 fine for conspiring to illegally obtain prescription drugs, according to a news release from Booth Goodwin, U.S. Attorney for southern West Virginia.

James P. Wooley, 77, pleaded guilty in federal court in West Virginia in February and was sentenced Thursday, according to the release.

Wooley also paid a $500,000 fine for Medicare and Medicaid fraud in a related civil case, according to the news release.

Wooley owned and operated Strosnider Drug Store, which did business as SAV-RITE Pharmacy in two locations in or near Kermit, W.V.

Wooley admitted he dispensed drugs based on prescriptions from Justice Medical Center that he knew were not valid.

The medical center, in Kermit, was a pill mill that was shut down during a long-running investigation, Goodwin said.

The clinic owner, Cameron Justice, and two doctors also were convicted in the case.