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An Albany Veterinarian faces a 44 count federal indictment

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Albany Veterinarian is arrested and charged with a 44 count federal indictment for writing fraudulent prescriptions for narcotics for his personal use.

The U.S. Attorney's office claims Dr. Jim Lewis wrote illegal prescriptions for Hydrocodone, a pain reliever, and Ketamine, an animal tranquilizer that's also a popular date-rape drug. Lewis made his first appearance in federal court this afternoon.

The indictment claims he bought the drugs from March 2004 through June 2007 while he worked at Bush Animal Clinic. Lewis hasn't worked there in two years. Prosecutors say he used the name of a client who no longer lived in the area and a person who was never a client to fill prescriptions more than 30-times at K-mart and Eckerd Drugs.

They say he also took supplies sent to Bush Animal Clinic and replaced the pills with Prednisone tablets which are similar in appearance.

The government is requesting Lewis forfeit his interest in the business and his veterinary license.

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