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Judge sentences doctor to prison

April 18, 2019
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DETROIT — A suburban doctor who admitted to running an $18-million prescription drug scheme has been sentenced to prison.

A federal judge in Detroit sentenced Dr. Zongli Chang to 135 months, or more than 11 years, on Wednesday and ordered him to pay a $1-million fine and forfeit $3 million.

The Livonia man had pleaded guilty to orchestrating the opioid scheme between 2012 and 2017.

Chang said he was paid $150 to $400 for writing prescriptions for no medical purpose that were filled and then sold on the streets. Seven Detroit residents were also indicted, and six have pleaded guilty.

Chang's plea agreement says recruiters would take fake patients to pharmacies to get the pills, including hydrocodone and oxycodone.

His medical license was suspended by Michigan regulators in 2017.

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