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Madison County doctor pleads guilty to unlawful drug distribution charges

Dr. Celia Lloyd-Turney is accused of overprescribing pills to patients at Choice Medicine in Toney.

Posted: Jan 31, 2020 6:50 AM
Updated: Jan 31, 2020 3:56 PM

UPDATE: Dr. Celia Lloyd-Turney, 66, of Toney, who operated Choice Medicine Clinic, pleaded guilty Friday to one count of unlawful distribution of controlled substances.

The charges come from her prescription of opioid drugs from a medical clinic she operated in Toney.

Dr. Celia Lloyd-Turney

Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town of the Northern Distrcit of Alabama, Special Agent in Charge Derrick L. Jackson for the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Special Agent in Charge Brad L. Byerley of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) New Orleans Field Division made the announcement in a news release.

Sentencing has been scheduled for June 8.

More from the release:

The plea came after a trial while the jury was deliberating, but before they reached a verdict.

At trial, evidence showed that from 2015 to 2017, Turney wrote multiple prescriptions for controlled substances to purported patients who were actively abusing other drugs, suffering from addiction, and selling the pills.

This case was investigated by HHS-OIG and the DEA, with the assistance of the Huntsville Police Department. Trial Attorneys Louis Manzo and Ann Weber Langely of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney J.B. Ward of the Northern District of Alabama are prosecuting the case.

Individuals who believe that they may be a victim in this case should visit the Fraud Section’s Victim Witness website for more information.

From earlier:

A Madison County doctor will be back in federal court Friday on drug charges.

Dr. Celia Lloyd-Turney is accused of overprescribing prescription pills to patients at Choice Medicine in Toney.

The jury began deliberations Thursday but was interrupted when power went out in downtown Huntsville. The judge sent the jurors home and told them to be back at 8:30 Friday morning.

As the jury deliberates, it will look at court documents that show Lloyd-Turney prescribed large quantities of controlled substances to the same patients. She even allegedly prescribed some as many as 15 pills a day.

Now, Lloyd-Turney is facing 15 counts of selling or distributing controlled substances. 

WAAY 31 will bring you the details of the verdict once it becomes available.

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