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United States Attorney's Office
Western District of Virginia
United States Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy

 Joint release from Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and U.S. Attorney Tim Heaphy... 

Former Roanoke doctor convicted of drug distribution charges

~Jury convicted Linda Sue Cheek on 172 counts related to illegal distribution of controlled substances~

ROANOKE  (February 22, 2013) - A former medical doctor from Dublin, Va. was convicted late Thursday evening on 172 of the 173 counts related to the illegal distribution of controlled substances.  Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia Tim Heaphy made the announcement after Linda Sue Cheek, 63, was convicted by a jury on all but one of the counts leveled against her following an eight day trial in the United States District Court in Roanoke.

In May, a Federal Grand Jury charged Cheek with 86 counts of distributing scheduled controlled substances without holding a valid certificate of DEA registration, 81 counts of using a DEA registration number issued to another person, five counts of using a DEA registration number which has been revoked or suspended, and one count of maintaining a drug-involved premise.

"Dr. Cheek broke the law over and over again by illegally prescribing pain medication and exploiting vulnerable patients," said Attorney General Cuccinelli. "We will not tolerate criminal behavior as a 'cost of doing business' or for purposes of greed. We will continue our fight to protect Virginia's most vulnerable citizens."

"Despite losing her license to prescribe medication, Dr. Cheek repeatedly provided pain medication to vulnerable patients," Heaphy said. "Her motive was greed, and she collected thousands of dollars over the course of her illegal scheme.  The abuse of prescription drugs in Southwest Virginia is a public health crisis, one that is tearing families apart. We will continue to investigate and prosecute health care provides like Linda Cheek who circumvent the rules and illegally dispense these highly addictive substances."
               
The investigation of the case was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Virginia State Police and the Office of the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.  Virginia Assistant Attorney General and Special Assistant United States Attorney Vaso T. Doubles and Assistant United States Attorney Jennie L.M. Waering are prosecuting the case for the United States.

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