Ex-Huntsville doctor accused of ‘pill mill’ operation pleads

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) _ Federal prosecutors say a former Huntsville doctor has pleaded guilty to illegally prescribing controlled substances and health care fraud involving $9.5 million in unneeded urine tests.

In a news release Thursday, U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and FBI Special Agent in Charge Roger Stanton says 48-year-old Shelinder Aggarwal pleaded guilty to one count of distributing a controlled substance outside the scope of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose and conspiring to execute a health care fraud scheme between January 2011 and March 2013.

A sentencing date is pending. The deal stipulates a 15-year prison sentence but the judge reserved his decision on whether to accept that punishment until the sentencing hearing.

As part of the plea, Aggarwal will forfeit his former clinic along with $6.7 million.