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Federal jury rejects drug doc's defense
BSN Staff Report | LONDON — Jurors rejected a Paintsville doctor's claim that he was not a willing participant in a massive pill peddling operation, deciding Monday in London that Yakov Drabovskiy was guilty of the federal charges.

Drabovskiy, who represented himself in the criminal trial, was acquitted of Medicaid fraud and money laundering charges.

The Russian national claimed in his defense that he was only following the orders of his boss, Dr. Frederick Cohn, when he prescribed narcotic "cocktails" to hundreds of patients.

" A boss is a boss," Drabovskiy said. "I do not understand why the guilt of one person is being transferred onto me."

Part of the reason Drabovskiy was convicted is because Cohn testified against him in the trial. Cohn, 70, pleaded guilty in February and is awaiting sentencing.

The two men operated a "clinic" in Paintsville from August 2000 until August 2001, when it was shut down by the FBI. The were more than 10,000 patient files in the office when it was closed, and the pair was accused of prescribed more than five million pills, including Lorcet, Soma and Xanax.

A federal jury in London deliberated about seven hours Monday before finding Drabovskiy guilty of one count of conspiracy to illegally distribute prescription drugs and two counts of writing prescriptions without legitimate medical reasons.

He faces up to 20 years in prison, and will be sentenced Oct. 23.

Drabovskiy was allowed to remain free on bond pending his sentencing. Federal District Judge Karen Caldwell said Drabovskiy was not a flight risk because he had surrendered his passport and green card to federal authorities.

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