Stafford doctor facing federal drug charges

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have taken over the case of a Stafford County doctor who faces dozens of criminal charges related to overprescribing pain medication.

Media outlets report 56-year-old Nibedita Mohanty was indicted in U.S. District Court in Alexandria on Thursday on 45 counts.

Mohanty had been charged in Stafford County court last year with 95 felony counts.

Among the federal charges are distribution of a controlled substance resulting in the death of a patient. According to court records, a woman died in 2011 from a drug overdose.

Mohanty also faces dozens of other distribution counts, along with health care fraud, conspiracy, and aiding and abetting money laundering.

The state Board of Medicine suspended her license last October. Mohanty is a former chief of medicine at Stafford Hospital.

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