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A day before he was scheduled to go on trial, a former Bowling Green physician has admitted to illegally prescribing pain killers.

Fred Gott will avoid what was expected to be a month-long trial in federal court.  The 66-year-old former heart doctor pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Bowling Green. 

Gott was charged in a federal indictment that alleged health care fraud and unlawful distribution of controlled substances.

According to prosecutors, Gott transitioned his practice from cardiology to pain management, which he wasn’t qualified to do. He was charged with prescribing controlled substances, including Fentanyl and Methadone, without a legitimate medical purpose between 2006 and 2013.

A group of state, federal, and local law enforcement officers executed a search warrant Monday morning at the office of a Bowling Green cardiologist. The Bowling Green Daily News reports Dr. C. Fred Gott was not present during the search and has not been charged with any crime.

The Bowling Green-Warren County Drug Task Force issued a release saying the search warrant was the result of a joint investigation also involving Kentucky State Police, the state attorney general’s office, Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Division, the FBI, the DEA, and Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

The newspaper reported law enforcement officers carried computer hard drives and boxes of papers out of Dr. Gott’s office this morning and loaded the items into trucks. The federal search warrant is a sealed document.