By MELINDA WILLIAMS
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using a DEA registration number issued to another person and five counts of using a DEA registration number which had been revoked or suspended.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.