Doctor to plead guilty in Calif. prescription case

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Posted: Apr 05, 2013 1:21 PM

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California doctor has agreed to plead guilty to charges of illegally prescribing drugs to his patients at nightly meetings in Starbucks stores.

Court documents show 44-year-old Alvin Mingczech Yee entered into a plea agreement earlier this week. He is expected to plead guilty to seven counts at an April 17 hearing.

Prosecutors say Yee saw up to a dozen patients nightly at Starbucks coffee stores across suburban Orange County at meetings that cost up to $600. Prosecutors say Yee barely examined them but prescribed drugs including OxyContin and Vicodin.

Yee was arrested in October 2011 at his Irvine office and has been free on bond.

The agreement recommends a prison sentence between eight and 10 years.

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