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UPDATE: Five men arrested in "pill mill" investigation

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CARTERSVILLE, BARTOW COUNTY, GA (WRCB) -- A pill mill shut down in Cartersville, GA has the United States Attorney's office cracking down on several illegal operations.

The latest was at the Atlanta Medical Group where earlier this month several people were arrested for selling pain pills like Oxycodone in high volumes to drug abusers.

"The doctor would sell pills to people the indictment describes as addicts. Some of them would turn around and use them for resale," says Assistant US Attorney Scott Hulsey.

Wednesday, indictments were handed down against two of the business owners, the operations manager, the officer manager, and the office physician.

Several agencies looked into AMG for the last year after a high number of patients from across several states would show up with cash and walk away with drugs. This office didn't accept insurance.

"A lot of them were coming in from out of state in fact that is what tipped off law enforcement," says Hulsey.

According to the US Attorney's Office, the goal of the pill mill is to make money. They seized more than half million dollars from AMG. The doctor would sell Oxycodone at $20 a pill.

Federal agents seized 3 properties, 11 banks accounts, 7 cars and more than a half a million dollars from the business.

The physician, Dr. James Chapman, is a licensed cardio surgeon.  According to Hulsey, it is not often that legitimate doctors get involved with illegal schemes.

Everyone involved faces federal drug and money laundering charges. One of AMG's owners is also charged with domestic assault from a previous case.

A few of the defendants are expected in Federal Court in Rome, Georgia on Thursday.

We are told more arrest could follow.

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