Louis Hampers, the former Children's Hospital ER doctor charged with writing 654 phony prescriptions (in addition to harassing women he met on adult websites), won't be doctoring or online dating any time soon. He pleaded guilty today to fourteen counts of prescription drug fraud, each of which carries potential prison time.
In September 2010, Hampers was arrested on charges that he used five aliases and eight fake patient names -- including that of a child whose mother Hampers paid for sex -- to fraudulently obtain drugs such as generic Vicodin, Valium and Ambien at local pharmacies. At a hearing later that month, Hampers's attorneys said he took the tens of thousands of pills himself. "This is a case about addiction, plain and simple," said attorney Craig Gillen.
In the midst of his legal trouble, Hampers forfeited his medical license. His attorneys say he also sought help through the Colorado Physician Health Program, which referred him to a drug treatment center in Virginia. Hampers was arrested there.
Hampers will be sentenced on October 20. The remaining 641 charges were dropped. But according to Jeff Dorschner, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office, each of the fourteen counts carries a penalty of up to four years in federal prison, though sentencing guidelines suggest Hampers will serve less than the maximum time allowed. Stay tuned.
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