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Cabell doctor faces federal prescription pill charges

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Federal authorities have charged a Cabell County doctor with violating federal drug control laws by unlawfully doling out prescription pill medications.Dr. Anita Dawson, 55, of Milton faces charges of aiding and abetting in obtaining controlled substances by fraud and forgery, according to an information filed in U.S. District Court in West Virginia's Southern District.An information is a court document that generally indicates that a defendant is willing to cooperate with the government.In April 2010, the West Virginia Board of Osteopathy suspended Dawson's medical license on the same day federal investigators raided her Milton practice, according to a press release from the office of U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.
Members of the Board of Osteopathy alleged that Dawson caused or contributed to eight overdose deaths, according to the release from Goodwin's office.  In April 2009, one of Dawson's patients, Erma Brown, was under the influence of painkillers when she caused the accident that killed Carole Crawford, 47, her daughter Meaghan, 16, and Kelsie Kuhn, 16, all of Barboursville. Brown is currently serving a 30-year prison sentence.Dawson voluntarily surrendered her license permanently, according to Goodwin's release. She faces up to four years in federal prison if she is found guilty of the charges. A court date has not yet been set.Reach Zac Taylor at or 304-348-5189. 
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