Las Vegas doc pleads not guilty in federal drug case
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A Las Vegas doctor has pleaded not guilty to charges that he illegally distributed painkillers, laundered money and structured bank transactions to evade reporting requirements.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Cam Ferenbach in Las Vegas allowed Dr. Sebastian Paulin Jr. to go free Wednesday pending a Jan. 12 trial on 11 charges.
An indictment handed up Oct. 26 alleges Paulin sold prescription oxycodone and hydrocodone to people who had no medical need for the drugs.
Paulin is accused of making 67 deposits of $10,000 or less from February to August, totaling almost $690,000 in two bank accounts.
The judge noted Paulin has ties to the Philippines and ordered him to surrender his passport.
Paulin is also banned from prescribing controlled substances pending a Drug Enforcement Administration hearing.
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