Monday, August 29, 2011

Pain clinic boss Jeff George pleads to second-degree murder; will cooperate in probe

WEST PALM BEACH—
Pain clinic boss Jeff George pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the 2009 death of a patient as part of a plea deal with local prosecutors in exchange for his cooperation with state and federal authorities.

In exchange for his cooperation, prosecutors said Monday morning, George will face no more than 20 years in prison in the death of 24-year-old Joseph "Joey" Bartolucci, who was found with half-filled prescriptions for Xanax and Dilaudid prescribed by a doctor at George's East Coast Pain Clinic.
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