Doctor accused of prescribing drugs that led to 5 deaths

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A doctor with offices in Louisville and southern Indiana has been charged with prescribing pain medications that resulted in the deaths of five patients.

The U.S. attorney's office in Louisville said 47-year-old Jaime Guerrero was charged Wednesday in a 32-count indictment with unlawfully dispensing pain medications to 30 patients without a legitimate medical purpose and beyond the bounds of professional medical practice. The five deaths occurred between 2010 and 2012.

Guerrero was also charged with health care fraud for alleged fraudulent billing.

The U.S. attorney's office said Guerrero's offices were in Louisville and Jeffersonville, Indiana.

Guerrero's attorney, Scott C. Cox, didn't immediately return a call seeking comment. He told The Courier-Journal that Guerrero is board certified and has been a "conscientious physician for many years."

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