Judge allows Georgia doctor more time to consider plea

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge is giving a Georgia doctor accused of running a prescription pill ring in Harrison County, Mississippi, more time to decide whether he will plead guilty to the charges.

The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1KpYQpl) that Dr. Sanjay Sinha of Woodstock, Georgia, now has until June 22 to notify the court if he intends to accept a plea agreement.

Prosecutors say Sinha ran a family medical practice near Atlanta when he allegedly began a conspiracy to run a cash-only business with patients solicited in Biloxi casino visits.

The 49-year-old Sinha is set for trial July 20 on a 40-count indictment.

Two of Sinha’s three co-defendants were casino workers. They have each pleaded guilty to a charge of possession with intent to distribute. Their sentencings are pending.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com

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