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.