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Three arrested in weight-loss center probe

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July 14, 2014
FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — An 81-year old doctor and two others working at a weight loss clinic in Cumming were arrested July 7by the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office.

Teresa Vickers, 52, owner of Doctors Weight Loss Center and Mary Wysong, 69, an administrative assistant, were arrested by deputies.

The charges for Vickers and Wysong include violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act (VGCSA); conspiracy; pre-signing blank prescriptions; possession of pre-signed blank prescriptions; practicing medicine without a license; practicing pharmacy without a license; possession of controlled substances; and distribution of controlled substances.

The doctor in charge of Doctors Weight Loss Center, Dr. Walter Hood, 81, turned himself in on July 8.

Hood was charged with conspiracy to violate the Georgia Controlled Substance Act and pre-signing blank prescriptions.

The doctors are accused of signing prescriptions without seeing patients and allowing staff to fill out the weight loss prescriptions.

According to law enforcement, a special agent with Georgia Drug and Narcotics Agency began investigating Doctors Weight Loss Center in 2011 for controlled substances violations.

At that time, Vickers' attorney confirmed in writing that Vickers would no longer dispense controlled substances.

A joint investigation was reopened with the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

After a lengthy investigation, involving search warrants and many interviews, multiple violations were discovered, said Deputy Doug Rainwater, a spokesman for the sheriff's office.


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