Ohio doctor to plead guilty to drug, tax evasion charges

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The government says a doctor and former Ohio University trustee plans to plead guilty to charges of running a pill mill and evading $3.5 million in taxes.

Federal prosecutors say that in the deal made public Monday Dr. Kevin Lake acknowledges knowing doctors and staff at his Columbus medical clinic were prescribing painkillers without a legitimate medical purpose.

The government says Lake oversaw illegal operations at Columbus Southern Medical Center which included more than $38 million in patient payments.

The deal calls for the 50-year-old Lake to serve five years in prison. A sentencing date has not been set. A message was left with Lake’s attorney seeking comment.

Lake began serving a nine-year term as an Ohio University trustee in 2010 and resigned effective immediately on Jan. 21.