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Ex-Ohio doctor to change plea in pain clinic case

This undated photo provided by the U.S. Marshall's Service shows Brenda Banks. A federal indictment alleges  operators and employees of Ohio Medical and Pain Management in Waverly, Ohio, used the federal prescription-writing certificate issued to Banks, t
This undated photo provided by the U.S. Marshall's Service shows Brenda Banks. A federal indictment alleges operators and employees of Ohio Medical and Pain Management in Waverly, Ohio, used the federal prescription-writing certificate issued to Banks, the clinic's physician, to order more than 200,000 painkillers, that they would keep for themselves or resale to local drug dealers. A federal court filing Tuesday, April 24, 2011, said Banks will change her plea of not guilty on April 30 before Judge Sandra Beckwith. The filing does not indicate what the new plea will be, but such hearings typically mean a change to a guilty plea.
HO, U.S. Marshall's Service, Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio — An ex-Ohio doctor charged with illegally distributing prescription painkillers plans to change her not guilty plea.

Brenda Banks was named in a 2010 indictment that alleged employees at a southern Ohio pain clinic filled dozens of cash-only prescriptions a day.

A federal court filing Tuesday said Banks will change her plea on April 30 before Judge Sandra Beckwith.

The filing does not indicate the new plea, but such notices typically signal a planned change to a guilty plea.

The hearing will be held the day before three other defendants go on trial in the case against Ohio Medical and Pain Management in Waverly.

The indictment alleged clinic operators and employees used Banks' federal prescription-writing certificate to order more than 200,000 painkillers, mainly hydrocodone.