A Norton physician has been charged with obtaining drugs by fraud and related crimes.

Dr. Raymond Michael Moore, 61, of Wise, was arrested July 3, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Thomas T. Cullen and Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring. He is charged in a federal criminal complaint with obtaining schedule II and schedule IV controlled substances by fraud or misrepresentation, failing to maintain proper records for schedule II and schedule IV controlled substances and making false statements.

According to court documents, between July 2016 and January 2019, Moore is accused of fraudulently acquiring and possessing hydrocodone tablets, oxycodone-acetaminophen tablets, fentanyl transdermal system, meperidine tablets, Alprazolam tablets, Lorazepam tablets, clonazepam tablets, tramadol and diazepam, along with failing to maintain the required records.

Executing search warrants at Moore’s home and medical offices, authorities found many of the same schedule II and schedule IV drugs at Moore’s home. Investigators allege that Moore was unlawfully prescribing schedule II and schedule IV medication to patients, then keeping the drugs for his own use.

The case was brought by the Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Strike Force and was investigated by the Roanoke office of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Tactical Diversion Squad.

Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Suzanne Kerney-Quillen, a Virginia assistant attorney general assigned to the Major Crimes and Emerging Threats Unit, will prosecute the case.

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