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Cheek appealing federal conviction

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

 

A former physician found guilty in federal court last February of distributing controlled pain medications through her Dublin practice is appealing the conviction.

Brian McGinn, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia, said Linda Sue Cheek, 64, filed an appeal of her conviction Nov. 5 – less than a month after she was sentenced on 172 counts of a 173-count indictment. She also is appealing a court ordered forfeiture of property and has requested a new attorney to represent her on the appeal, he said.

Cheek was sentenced in October to 33 months in federal prison and was fined $17,125. She could have received 1,204 years in federal prison and a fine of over $64 million if she had been given the maximum sentence on all counts.

Cheek, operated her practice, New River Medical Associates, at 28 Town Center Drive in Dublin. She was convicted of 86 counts of distributing scheduled controlled substances without holding a valid certificate of DEA Registration, 81 counts of using a DEA registration number issued to another person and five counts of using a DEA registration number which had been revoked or suspended.

She is serving her sentence at Alderson Federal Prison Camp in West Virginia, where Martha Stewart was imprisoned in 2004.

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2 Responses to Cheek appealing federal conviction

  1. Lola

    January 17, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Perhaps upon appeal she will be sentenced to a more reasonable amount of time. 1204 years is reasonable.

  2. Va Girl

    January 17, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Alderson Federal Prison Camp? The place is a resort compared to other federal prisons. She got off too lightly.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Prison_Camp,_Alderson

    FPC Alderson is a 159-acre facility in Alderson, West Virginia.

    While there is no barbed wire on the fence surrounding the camp, the prisoners have schedules and each one must work. Inmates get holidays off except those who work in the powerhouse and kitchen. From its beginning, Alderson’s staff members have maintained a focus on vocational training and personal growth experiences, with craft-shop activities an integral part of vocational training.

    Free time is spent walking around the sidewalk that is set between the two dorms as this is within bounds for the inmates. They also play recreational activities such as volleyball.

    There is lot of property, a lot of greenery and there is no barbed wire. The Alderson facility includes two dormitories with 500 inmates each. Inmates live in two person cubicles instead of traditional barred prison cells.

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