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Nibedita Mohanty facing involuntary manslaughter charges

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A Stafford doctor who allegedly sold prescription medications illegally is facing dozens of charges, including involuntary manslaughter.

Dr. Nibedita Mohanty.

The charges against Dr. Nibedita Mohanty, 54, were announced Friday. She is facing 72 counts of distributing narcotics and 22 counts of obtaining money under false pretenses. She allegedly prescribed tens of thousands of doses of narcotics to drug-addicted patients and drug traffickers.

The involuntary manslaughter charge stems from an overdose directly linked to Mohanty’s dealing, authorities say.

According to state Board of Medicine documents, Mohanty allegedly prescribed thousands of doses of narcotics to a 41-year-old patient who died two years ago despite indications the patient was abusing pills or had become addicted.

The Fredericksburg News reports that Mohanty has been practicing medicine in Stafford for 20 years and once served as chief of medicine for Stafford Hospital .

Authorities began investigating Mohanty's practice in 2011. She and her attorney, Charles Roberts, denied any wrongdoing in a letter to The Free Lance-Star in March.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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