CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A West Virginia doctor has pleaded guilty to illegally distributing prescription opioid medications.

U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart says in a news release Muhammed Samer Nasher-Alneam pleaded guilty in federal court in Charleston last week.

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Nasher-Alneam operated the Neurology & Pain Center in Charleston. He admitted to writing prescriptions in July 2014 for oxycodone and methadone pills that were not for legitimate medical purposes.

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He agreed to surrender his medical license and faces up to 10 years in prison and a $1 million fine. Sentencing has been set for Dec. 2.

A trial in May ended in a mistrial when jurors were unable to reach a verdict.

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