By: KDKA-TV News Staff

GREENSBURG (KDKA) – A Greensburg doctor took kickbacks for prescribing an opioid that contained Fentanyl.

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Dr. Thomas Whitten pleaded guilty to three federal charges on Thursday.

Dr. Whitten ran the Westmoreland Pain Management Center.

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He admitted to taking money from a pharmaceutical company to distribute a power narcotic approved to treat cancer pain.

Whitten, however, prescribed it for patients who didn’t need the substance and then billed the insurance companies.

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He could spend up to 10 years in prison.