Doctor who illegally prescribed narcotics is sentenced

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — A Monroe-based doctor must give up his license to prescribe narcotics after pleading guilty to conspiring to distribute a controlled substance.

Dr. James Marshall Jr., 59, of Orange was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court.

Marshall operates a walk-in clinic called Immediate Medical Care. According to court papers, Marshall wrote prescriptions for painkillers on an associate’s behalf, without ever consulting the patients they were for. Court papers show Marshall wrote 144 prescriptions totaling more than 4,400 pills for the patients.

His associate was Francisco Carbone, whose medical license was revoked by the state. Carbone pleaded guilty to his part in the crime last month and was sentenced to two years in prison.

Prosecutors also wanted Marshall to spend time behind bars, but a judge ruled surrendering the license and paying a $5,000 fine was punishment enough.

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