BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) _A doctor with an office in Monroe has pleaded guilty to federal charges of illegally writing prescriptions for narcotic painkillers for patients he never met or examined.

Prosecutors say Dr. James W. Marshall Jr. of Orange, who operates Immediate Medical Care, wrote more than 145 prescriptions for 4,400 pills to 75 different patients. The pills included oxycodone, hydrocodone and Percocet.

Prosecutors say he wrote the prescriptions at the request of another doctor as part of a larger insurance fraud scheme involving car accidents.

Marshall faces up to 2 1/2 years and a $50,000 fine at sentencing scheduled for May 20.

Marshall’s lawyer says his client has cooperated with authorities and already surrendered his license to write prescriptions.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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