Third doctor charged in Montgomery pill mill prosecution

Third doctor charged in Montgomery pill mill prosecution

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Court documents indicate Dr. Shepard Odom is charged with two federal counts in a Montgomery pill mill prosecution.

Odom will plead guilty to two counts of information, including distribution of a controlled substance and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Court documents state Odom knowingly and intentionally distributed and dispensed controlled substances outside the usual course of professional medical practice for no legitimate medical purpose connected to the pill mill operation at Family Practice, a Montgomery medical clinic.

The document goes on to say that Odom used the money from the illegal medical activity, and the conspirators involved in the transactions knew that money was a product of the drug distribution scheme.

Odom marks the third doctor implicated in this pill mill investigation, three nurse practitioners are also charged under indictment.

Odom waived his right to indictment and will plead guilty to information in this case, foregoing the need for his case to go before a grand jury.

Tuesday Lillian Akwuba, Julio Delgado, Steven Cox and Elizabeth Cronier were indicted on 87 combined counts connected to one of the largest pill mill prosecution in Alabama's Middle District.

Odom was initially a partner with Dr. Gilberto Sanchez at Family Practice. Last week, Sanchez pleaded guilty to five counts of information.

The pill mill investigation is ongoing.

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