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Doctor accused of illegally prescribing pain meds turns himself in

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Dr. Jaime Guerrero (at right) walked into the federal courthouse, flanked by his attorney, Scott Cox. Dr. Jaime Guerrero (at right) walked into the federal courthouse, flanked by his attorney, Scott Cox.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A local doctor charged in connection with the deaths of five people turned himself in Friday afternoon.

Dr. Jaime Guerrero walked into the federal courthouse, flanked by his attorney, Scott Cox. Guerrero had no comment.

Cox entered a not guilty plea on Guerrero's behalf. He was ordered to surrender his DEA license numbers to the U.S. probation office. He also must surrender his passport, restricting his travels to the U.S.

Guerrero is accused of prescribing oxycodone, hydrocodone and methadone to 30 patients without a legitimate medical reason.

"He's not going to be practicing medicine, at least until this case is over with," said Cox.

Guerrero is also charged with health care fraud. He has offices in both Louisville and Jeffersonville which are now closed.

"He'll put a sign on his office doors. He'll probably put a recording on his phones at work but it's important that these people receive ongoing care. Dr. Guerrero is hopeful that all his patients will contact their primary care physicians, most of whom were referred to him by their primary care physicians because it's important that they receive you know, continued treatment without interruption and so forth," Cox told WDRB.

When asked what Dr. Guerrero had to say about the accusations of being responsible for five patient deaths, Cox said, "we're not going to comment on the proof. We haven't even seen any of it. These are just allegations."

On Thursday, the Indiana Medical Licensing Board issued an emergency suspension of Guerrero's Indiana license. That suspension will be effective for 90 days.

"He's a board certified anesthesiologist and almost all the best physicians anesthesiologists so he has great training and it's a shame he's not going to be practicing for a while," said Cox.

Guerrero remains free on a $50,000 bond. He's due back in court on March 31 at 9:30 a.m. 

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