Former W.Va. doctor pleads guilty in pill scheme

CHARLESTON (AP) — A former Kanawha County physician has admitted his role in a prescription drug fraud scheme.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said Friday that 55-year-old Dr. William J. Casto has pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge.

Casto admitted he illegally wrote prescriptions for painkillers and an anti-anxiety drug from January 2006 through December 2009. The amount of pills totaled more than 10,800. At the time, Casto had a medical practice in St. Albans.

Goodwin says many of the prescriptions were written to someone Casto previously was involved with in a sexual relationship. He also wrote prescriptions for others, even though they weren’t his patients and he didn’t examine them.

Casto faces up to four years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is set for Sept. 24 in federal court in Charleston.

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