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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 man who owned pain clinics in Florida and Ohio has pleaded guilty in Kentucky to a federal charge of conspiracy to launder money. The U.S. Attorney's office said in a statement that 38-year-old Jody L. Robinson of Portsmouth, Ohio, entered the plea in federal court in Covington.