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Jones acquitted of fraud, possession charges

HALIFAX – A Halifax area physician, who was born and raised in Amherst, has been found not guilty to charges of fraud and unlawful possession of oxycodone.

Dr. Sarah Jones had been on trial in Bridgewater provincial court for three counts of fraud, one count of unlawful possession of a narcotic and a count of fraudulently drawing a document related to prescriptions in the name of a patient, Merle Chase.

Prosecutors argued Jones wrote prescriptions for tens of thousands of opioid pills in the name of Chase over a matter of months.

Jones was charged in 2016 following an investigation of her prescription activity between January 2014 and August 2015.

Original charges of trafficking were withdrawn by the Crown.

She has been under an interim suspension from the College of Physicians and Surgeons.

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