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Former Children’s Emergency Room Doctor Pleads Guilty to Obtaining Controlled Substances by Fraud and Deceit

DENVER, CO. – Louis Hampers, MD, of Denver, pled guilty this morning before U.S. District Court Judge Robert E. Blackburn to 14 counts of obtaining a controlled substance, hydrocodone, by misrepresentation, fraud, deception or subterfuge. Hampers, who was present at today’s hearing, is on 24-hour home detention. Judge Blackburn is scheduled to sentence Hampers on October 20, 2011.

As part of the plea agreement, Hampers agrees to relinquish and not seek reinstatement of any license to practice medicine in Colorado or any other state in the United States during the period of supervised release. Additionally, the defendant agrees to relinquish and not seek reinstatement of any privileges to prescribe controlled substances during the period of supervised release.

Hampers was indicted by a federal grand jury on August 26, 2010. The penalty for obtaining a controlled substance by fraud or deceit is not more than four years in federal prison per count, as well as up to a $250,000 fine per count. The actual sentence will be determined by Judge Blackburn, taking into account the advisory U.S. Sentencing Guidelines.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Hampers is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg Holloway.


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