'Candy Man' doctor sentenced to 8 years in federal prison

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SALT LAKE CITY -- The Murray doctor known as the "Candy man" was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in a federal prison.

Dr. Warren Stack was accused of illegally writing prescriptions for painkillers, which resulted in the deaths of five of his patients.

He pleaded guilty in May to three of the 18 counts against him, conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, health care fraud and money laundering.

His prison sentence will begin September 22.

In his guilty plea, Stack admitted that between November of 2005 and 2007, he saw roughly 80 patients per day, gave out narcotic prescriptions without an exam and billed insurance companies and Medicare between $70 and $200 per visit.

He was indicted in December 2007.

He was also ordered to pay restitution to the parties involved, including the insurance companies and Medicare. The amount will be determined at a later date.

Phyllis Murray and Mindy Kramer, Stack's former office workers, were charged as co-defendants. They each pleaded guilty to conspiracy last year and will be sentenced Wednesday.

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