Celebrity dermatologist charged in drug scheme

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Crime,New York

NEW YORK (AP) — A Park Avenue dermatologist has been arrested and charged with writing fake prescriptions for painkillers using her patients' names and filling them.

Dr. Cheryl Karcher pleaded not guilty Wednesday to drug possession, selling prescriptions, falsifying business records, fraud and other charges in a 50-count indictment.

Karcher is frequently quoted on television and magazines on the latest cosmetic procedures and treatments.

Prosecutors say Karcher abused the patient-doctor relationship by using patient information to create fraudulent prescriptions and filling them.

The indictment didn't say if she used the pills herself.

She allegedly filled at least 15 prescriptions between 2010 and 2012.

She was released on her own recognizance and is due back in court Aug. 19.

Her lawyer vowed to fight the charges.

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