North Carolina doctor charged with pill fraud

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ROCKINGHAM, N.C. — A North Carolina doctor faces felony drug charges after being accused of pill fraud.

The Richmond County Daily Journal reported that Wendell D’Alton Wells, 70, of Moore County, faces multiple charges after turning himself in to police.

Wells faces multiple charges including selling or delivering a Schedule II controlled substance, selling or delivering a Schedule IV controlled substance and two counts of prescribing a controlled substance without a legitimate medical purpose.

The doctor is accused of authorizing prescriptions for alprazolam and hydrocodone without a legitimate medical purpose and “without meaningful patient examinations.”

The suspect has been released on a $25,000 unsecured bond and has court planned for next month.