Two Atlanta doctors joining colleagues in federal prison

7:09 am Jun. 29, 2017

When William Richardson and Nevorn Askari report to federal prison for their roles in a pill mill operation, the two former Atlanta-area doctors could find themselves in some familiar company.

At least a dozen other Georgia-licensed physicians have been sentenced to federal prisons since 2014 for violations involving opioids or other addictive substances.

The AJC’s Becca Godwin wrote earlier this week that Richardson was sentenced to four years and six months

Lawsuits accuse medical companies of exploiting diabetic and kidney patients

4:01 pm Feb. 23, 2017

Medical companies schemed to take advantage of patients’ chronic illnesses to pump up profits, according to two unrelated lawsuits filed on behalf of Georgians.

One suit, filed by a retirement fund for Georgia law enforcement officers, accuses DaVita of targeting low-income and elderly kidney dialysis patients in a strategy to boost stock prices.

It worked like this, the suit says: DaVita steered Medicare and Medicaid patients to private insurance by telling them

Sandy Springs podiatrist accused of drug-dealing still licensed by Georgia

7:00 am Jan. 31, 2017

Dr. Arnita Avery-Kelly has an active license to practice podiatry in Georgia, even though she is facing federal criminal charges that she handed out addictive opioids to patients who didn’t need them.

Medical doctors are often forced to stop practicing – at least temporarily – if they are facing serious criminal charges that involve patients.

But the Georgia State Board of Podiatry Examiners still lists Avery-Kelly’s license as active – with