A former Mingo County pharmacist was sentenced to six months in federal prison, a $5,000 fine and a year of probation.
James Wooley pleaded guilty in February to conspiracy to acquire or obtain controlled substances by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception and subterfuge, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin's office.
Wooley knowingly wrote prescriptions to patients he knew were invalid. The arrest followed an investigation that spanned several years into prescription drug abuse in the region. Wooley worked at the SAV-RITE Pharmacy in Kermit.
Wooley admitted to dispensing medication without a doctors note.