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Seattle pain doctor indicted in opioid kickback scheme

SEATTLE — A Seattle pain doctor is facing charges related to a major nationwide kickback scheme involving fentanyl prescriptions.

Dr. Rajni Jutla is accused in an indictment returned in U.S. District Court Wednesday of accepting more than $109,000 in kickbacks between 2012 and 2016 from Arizona-based Insys Therapeutics. Prosecutors said she took sham speaking fees to more broadly prescribe an oral fentanyl spray approved for a specific type of cancer pain.

In an email Thursday to The Associated Press, she said she is “confident all insinuations will be found untrue.”

Jutla is the founder of Mind Your Body Clinics, with offices in Seattle, Edmonds and Lake Oswego, Oregon.

Insys filed for bankruptcy after agreeing to pay $225 million to settle federal charges. Its founder, John Kapoor, was convicted of racketeering in May.

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