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Delay in prescription fraud trial for Tallulah based doctor

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VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - The trial of a Louisiana physician on prescription drug fraud charges has been rescheduled for Sept. 21.

The trial had been scheduled for next week.

Warren County Circuit Judge M. James Chaney agreed to the new date Monday after Dr. Lawrence Francis Chenier III said his new attorney needed more time to prepare.

Chenier lives in Vicksburg and has a medical practice in Tallulah, Louisiana. He is charged with 74 counts of prescription forgery and a count of conspiracy.

Prosecutors argue Chenier wrote prescriptions for 13,000 pills under assumed names to his co-defendant and live-in girlfriend Patti Carr of Vicksburg.

Authorities say Carr picked up the painkillers at a Vicksburg pharmacy using prescriptions from Chenier.

Chenier and Carr are each free on $100,000 bond.

 

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