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Memphis Psych Richard Farmer

Memphis Commercial Appeal
Memphis woman forged names to obtain opioid prescriptions, authorities say
By Phillip Jackson
September 25, 2019

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Hellman was first indicted in April along with three other Memphis medical professionals: Thomas Hughes, Richard Farmer and James Litton.

Hughes, 69, is a licensed endocrinologist who was facing nine counts of illegally dispensing testosterone to himself.

Farmer, an East Memphis psychiatrist, was accused of prescribing hydrocodone and alprazolam, or Xanax, to female patients in exchange for sexual favors or their companionship.

The Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Strike Force was started in 2018 in a joint law enforcement effort to address fraud medical practices. The strike force includes the U.S. Attorney’s Offices for nine federal districts in five states…