Shreveport optometrist faces up to 10 years in prison - KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana News Weather & Sports

Shreveport optometrist faces up to 10 years in prison

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

A Shreveport optometrist faces up to 10 years in prison for writing prescriptions for non-medical purposes and for people who were not patients.

Charles D. Shanks, 63, of Shreveport, entered a conditional guilty plea Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark L. Hornsby to one count of distributing or dispensing a controlled substance. The plea will become final when accepted by U.S. District Judge Donald E. Walter.

Evidence presented at the plea hearing shows Shanks wrote dozens of such prescriptions for codeine and hydrocodone in 2012 and 2013, according to U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley's office.

Shanks is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 11. In addition to prison time, he could be fined up to $500,000 and ordered to serve up to two years on supervised release.

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