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Doctor in Ohio pill mill case claims innocence

Doctor convicted of running Ohio pill mill claims innocence, demands release from jail By The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) ' A Chicago doctor convicted of running a pill mill in southern Ohio is claiming he is innocent and demanding to be released from jail.

Dr. Paul Volkman says his treatment of patients was consistent with actions of a doctor, not a drug dealer.

Volkman on Monday told a federal judge ready to sentence him Tuesday that the most appropriate punishment was immediate release from custody.

Volkman, who is facing 20 years in prison under federal sentencing guidelines, is now representing himself after firing his attorneys because he says he was strongly dissatisfied with them.

Volkman was convicted last year of causing the deaths of four patients who overdosed on pain pills.

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