Fired Cincinnati VA chief found guilty on 1 count of illegally dispensing drug


 A jury found former Cincinnati VA chief Barbara Temeck guilty on one count of illegally prescribing pain killers for her former boss' wife, but the charge could still be dismissed.

U.S. District Judge Michael Barrett said he could still dismiss the one guilty count because of a lack of expert testimony asserting Temeck operated beyond the scope of legitimate medical practice in writing prescriptions for her boss' wife. Barrett wants written arguments from both sides, so it could take weeks to see if the conviction will stand or be reversed.

Temeck testified Monday that she didn’t write two of the three prescriptions that led to criminal charges against her, while a third was the result of a medical emergency for the wife of former VA Network Director Jack Hetrick. - Fired Cincinnati VA chief found guilty

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