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Ex-Hawkins County doctor's pill mill, Tenn. Care fraud trial delayed

March 30th, 2009 12:00 am by Staff Report

According to a report by the Greeneville Sun the trial of a former Hawkins County physician named last year in a 112-count pill mill indictment has been delayed until July 6.

Court records show District Judge Ronnie Greer granted a defense motion to delay the trial of Dr. John Theodore Hancock, 47, who formerly operated Hancock Family Medicine in western Hawkins County's Mooresburg community.

The indictment returned against Hancock last year alleged that he prescribed controlled drugs to patients without performing physical examinations, and defrauded Tennessee's TennCare (Medicaid) program.

Specifically, the indictment in the case alleged that "It was further part of the scheme that John Theodore Hancock would, and did, prescribe controlled substances to patients that resulted in the overdose deaths of patients from the use of the prescribed controlled substances."

A response to a defense motion to suppress evidence in the case argues that "at least four" patients died as a result of the issuance of drugs prescribed by Hancock.

Representing Dr. Hancock, Knoxville attorney Richard L. Gaines had, on March 25, filed a motion to continue the trial until a later date.

The trial, when it opens in July, is expected to last 10 to 15 days, a pretrial order filed by Judge Greer indicates.

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