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Scott man pleads guilty to prescription fraud, mother faces charges

Wes Bunch • Jul 16, 2013 at 10:33 PM

GATE CITY — A Nickelsville man who was indicted alongside his mother for selling prescription drugs pleaded guilty last week in Scott County Circuit Court.

James Scott “Scooter” Davis, 32, of Nickelsville, entered pleas last Wednesday to two counts of prescription fraud and two counts of distribution of Schedule III drugs.

Scott Davis, who is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 4, faces a maximum possible sentence of 30 years in prison.

He was indicted in April 2013 along with his mother Judy Davis, 60, of Nickelsville.

The elder Davis is also facing two counts of prescription fraud and two counts of distribution of Schedule III drugs.

Judy Davis’ case is currently pending in Scott County Circuit Court.

According to the Scott County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, Scott Davis and his mother were both charged for selling pain pills they were prescribed by an area physician.

The fraud stemmed from the fact that Scott Davis falsely told his physician he was hurt in order to obtain the pills, McClung said.

McClung said the pair were arrested after the Scott County Sheriff’s Office conducted several undercover drug purchases from them using a confidential informant.

Although Scott Davis was the main focus of the investigation, McClung said authorities charged the mother as well because she allegedly helped her son sell his pills, as well as her own prescriptions.

Although investigators said they didn’t consider Scott Davis a “major” dealer, McClung said lower level dealers like him still contribute to the prescription drug problem currently impacting the region.

“It still causes a problem of people becoming addicted to these drugs, and they are still out there on the streets,” McClung said. “When you look at what he , and other small dealers do, to supplement his income... he is just one piece of something that is a major problem in Scott County.”

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