The news is out: [A former doctor in Charlotte is going to prison after prosecutors said he arranged for patients to split their painkiller prescriptions with his wife, prosecutors said.
David Francis Lelio, 57, was sentenced Friday to three years in prison after he pleaded guilty in August to conspiring to distribute prescription opioids and making a false statement to investigators, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia said in a news release.
His wife, Nadja Siiri Kujanson-Lelio, 51, was sentenced to six months of home detention and three years of supervised release, prosecutors said.
“Dr. Lelio, with the help of his wife, used his medical license to take advantage of patients to illegally obtain opioids for themselves,” U.S. Attorney Daniel P. Bubar said in the release. “Sadly, instead of helping to fight the scourge of opioids, they only contributed to it.”]
David Francis Lelio is still considered a pillar of the community.