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Doctor, Spa Owner Accused of Filling Out Fake Prescriptions

A South Florida doctor and a spa owner have been accused of filling out fake diet pill prescriptions.

News outlets report court records show 71-year-old Dr. Frank Pierre of Bal Harbour and 46-year-old Terry Kerr of Weston are charged with obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration officials say the men used fake patients' names to obtain phentermine, an addictive weight-control drug.

An arrest warrant shows that investigators discovered that several patients' names given to pharmacies in January couldn't be identified. The investigation also revealed that a prescription was filled using the name of someone who had died in 2012.

Pierre, an anesthesiologist, and Kerr, worked out of Kerr's business, TLK Wellness Spa in Fort Lauderdale.

SunSentinel reports Pierre's attorney, Bruce Lehr, maintains his client's innocence. Kerr declined to comment.

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