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Warrants describe how doctor allegedly issued prescriptions for cash

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Federal search warrants offer new details into the alleged crimes of a Memphis doctor accused of doling out prescriptions for cash.

Action News 5's Andy Wise got no answers from Dr. Daniel Fearnow back in October, as DEA Special Agent Keith Brown took him into custody for allegedly pocketing cash in exchange for writing prescriptions for controlled drugs.

"Dr. Fearnow is accused of selling prescriptions for controlled substances without a medical need for the prescriptions," Brown said at the time.

Now, details are emerging about exactly how covert Fearnow may have been to make his money.  Federal search warrants obtained by Action News 5 detail the work of confidential informants using government's money to build a case against the doctor, who appeared to work secretly even around his own staff.

During one transaction, "an office worker or nurse entered the room, and Fearnow hid the prescription pad."  Once the worker left, Fearnow pulled the pad back out and continued writing prescriptions.

While under surveillance another day, the feds say Fearnow exited his office, approached a car in the parking lot and, "slipped a small piece of white paper in the automobile's gas cap door." 

Detectives believe it was a prescription.      

Federal investigators say Fearnow sold drugs out of the back door of his office, and even met customers in the parking lots of fast food restaurants.  They say the prescriptions he fraudulently wrote usually ended up with dealers, who turned around and sold the pills for a huge profit.

Charges against Fearnow carry penalties from 3 to 20 years in prison.

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