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Former Albany Doc makes first appearance in FL court

Indicted former Albany Doctor Robert Sperrazza made his first appearance in court in Panama City Tuesday.  He was released soon after on $40,000 bond.

An additional misdemeanor charge of prescribing a controlled substance was also filed against Sperrazza.

Bay County Investigators say the 57 year old Sperrazza was running a pain clinic on Front Beach Road in Panama City Beach, and raided his office and shut it down, arresting him for failing to register the medical practice.

 In July, Sperrazza was indicted by Dougherty County authorities, and charged with 35 counts of drug offenses. Dougherty D.A. Greg Edwards says Sperrazza broke his bond agreement by prescribing medications, but he will wait for Florida officials to finish their investigation before seeking extradition.

"So if Florida has more serious charges and a greater volume of evidence and other issues, we'll be looking at that to see who would get priority in dealing with this particular situation," said Edwards.

Dr. Sperrazza has a forfeiture hearing scheduled for August 4th in Dougherty County, but no trial date has been set. Edwards says Sperrazza could face a maximum sentence of more than 100 years if convicted on all charges against him.


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