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June 25, 2013

Pain doctor convicted on 10 charges


A Lawrence County jury deliberated for more than seven hours Friday before convicting a former pain doctor.

Dr. Van Edward Scott, 61, was convicted on 10 of 14 charges following seven days of testimony. He is lodged in the Lawrence County jail on a bond of $750,000 on the drug charges and $50,000 on the charges relating to money.

The jury returned guilty verdicts on six counts of prescribing outside accepted treatment principles/prescribing not in good faith in the course of professional practice, and one count each of prescribing to a drug dependent person, obstructing administration of law or other governmental functions, tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and dealing in unlawful proceeds.

The jury found Scott not guilty of two counts or prescribing outside accepted treatment principles/prescribing not in good faith in the course of professional practice and two counts of prescribing to a drug dependent person.

Prosecuting the case was attorney Maureen Sheehan-Balchon of the Attorney General’s Drug Strike Task Force in Butler. Scott was defended by attorney Eric D. Levin of Butler on charges involving the money and J.J. Standlin of Yakima, Wash., on the drug charges.

The case was before Lawrence County President Judge Dominick Motto. On Friday, Motto signed an order prohibiting Scott from transferring, encumbering, or mortgaging his property in Muskegon, Mich. However, the order allows him to use the real estate as security for posting bail bond applicable to the two cases against him.

Scott and 11 others, most of whom were his patients, were arrested April 8, 2010.

The doctor, who lived in New Wilmington, was accused of improperly prescribing pain medication from a pain management clinic in Neshannock Township where he allegedly wrote more than 2.19 million prescriptions for controlled substances including oxycodone, fentanyl and methadone.

His sentencing will be set at a later date.

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