ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) --A former doctor who had a medical practice in Alexandria, Va., pleaded gulity on Tuesday to conspiring to distribute oxycodone.
According to court records, Larren Wade, 55, of Venice, Fl., was under investigation by police when he issued numerous prescriptions for oxycodone to two undercover officers for no medical purpose. In addition, court records say that the officer then asked if he could have a prescription for a "friend" in exchange for an $85 office visit fee. Once the fee was paid, Wade reportedly created a patient file for a patient who never visited his office.
Court documents say that Wade admitted he issued thousands of prescriptions for pain medications, sometimes exceeding 2,000 pills per patient each month, between March and July 2010. Wade said he provided pain medicine without a physical exam, reviewing prior medical records or establishing a treatment plan for the patient.
Wade faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison when he is sentenced on May 17, 2013.