Physician assistant accused of prescribing painkillers illegally

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(11/16/18) According to our partners at The News-Star, a Monroe physician’s assistant is facing charges after he allegedly continued to write a former patient prescriptions after she quit visiting his doctor’s office.

According to an arrest report for Bernie Caldwell, age 48, an investigation into the suspect writing Lisa Payne, age 37, prescriptions without documenting them started Sept. 7.

Caldwell told investigators he treated Payne in the past for a medical condition, but he could no longer see her at his clinic after she enrolled in Medicaid.

He said he continued to write Payne prescriptions for Hydrocodone because he felt sorry for her.

According to the warrant, Caldwell said he and Payne began a romantic relationship approximately three years ago and share a child.

“Caldwell made the statement that he knew what he was doing was wrong, but (he) continued to do it anyway,” the report states.

Investigators determined Payne had not visited the clinic where Caldwell works for at least the past year.

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