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Obstetrician Charged with Prescription Fraud

Obstetrician Charged with Prescription Fraud

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(Provo-AP) -- One of Utah Valley's busiest obstetricians has been charged with prescription fraud and failure to keep appropriate records.

Robert C Richards, a Lehi resident, was charged yesterday in fourth District Court with 12 counts of obtaining a prescription under false pretenses and six counts of a licensed person failing to keep proper records.

Each count is a third-degree felony and is subject to five years in prison and a five thousand dollars fine.

Richards is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist at American Fork, Mountain View and Timpanogos hospitals. He has voluntarily relinquished his controlled substance license.

He continues to practice medicine at American Fork Hospital and is working closely with the management.

The Utah County Attorney's Office filed charges against Richards on March 18th.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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