BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — An Alabama doctor has pleaded guilty to drug distribution charges linked to her prescribing opioid drugs from a clinic she operated in a community in northwest Madison County.
Last April, Dr. Celia Lloyd-Tirney was among 60 medical professionals charged in a federal pill mill investigation in Alabama, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginia.
While a federal jury in Huntsville was deliberating on whether to convict her of 15 criminal charges on Friday, Lloyd-Turney pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful distribution of controlled substances.
Federal prosecutors agreed to dismiss the remaining 14 charges in exchange for Lloyd-Turney’s plea. Prosecutors will recommend a sentence of five years on probation and two years of house arrest, court records state.
Lloyd-Turney, 66, also agreed to surrender her medical license.
U.S. District Judge Liles C. Burke set sentencing for June 8. The doctor faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million, court records show.
Lloyd-Turney was accused of over-prescribing opioid pills at Choice Medicine, a clinic in the Toney community in northwest Madison County.
— the associated press