Doctor spared prison time for prescribing scheme

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A doctor who pleaded guilty to conspiring to illegally prescribe narcotics to patients he never met has been spared prison time.

The U.S. attorney’s office said Dr. James Marshall of Orange was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine. Prosecutors wanted prison time, but the judge said he already suffered other consequences of being convicted and has been under court supervision without incident for three years.

Prosecutors say Marshall, who operates a clinic in Monroe, prescribed pain medication for patients of another doctor, Francisco Carbone, who had had his medical license revoked. Marshall wrote 144 prescriptions for Carbone’s patients from 2006 to 2012.

Marshall has surrendered his license to prescribe narcotics.

Carbone pleaded guilty to his role in the scheme and a related insurance fraud scheme and got two years in prison.

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