Camp Hill doctor headed to trial for illegal prescriptions

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A Cumberland County doctor is headed to trial for prescribing pain relievers without performing medical exams.

Joseph T. Acri, 58, of Camp Hill, waived a preliminary hearing Thursday. By waiving the hearing, he didn’t admit guilt but conceded there is evidence to support charges.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s office says Acri prescribed extremely high doses of OxyContin and Oxycodone without exams between February 2011 and March 2014.

Prosecutors say he also filled out multiple prescriptions with a pad from the Carlisle Regional Medical Center when he was not affiliated with the medical center.

He is charged with four counts of unlawful prescription of controlled substances and one count each of acquisition of a controlled substance by fraud, criminal conspiracy to acquire by fraud and failure to keep records of distribution of controlled substances.

A formal arraignment is scheduled for April 28.

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