Mo. Man Sentenced for $1 Million Drug Conspiracy

7 years 3 months 1 day ago Thursday, September 15 2011 Sep 15, 2011 Thursday, September 15, 2011 7:28:00 PM CDT September 15, 2011 in News
By: Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Kansas City man has been sentenced to nearly 10 years in federal prison for leading a conspiracy to distribute more than $1 million worth of prescription painkillers.

The U.S. Attorney's office says 50-year-old Kevin Martin Cummings must also forfeit seven residential properties and more than $1.3 million under the sentence he received Thursday. Cummings pleaded guilty last October to charges that included money-laundering and health care fraud in the conspiracy, which
involved several other defendants.

Prosecutors said Cummings led the conspiracy with an osteopathic physician who improperly supplied Cummings and others with prescriptions for oxycodone and OxyContin. Health care benefit programs paid for some of the prescriptions.

In all, prosecutors said the scheme resulted in nearly 43,000 pills being distributed from 2006 to 2010.

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