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Martinsburg Doctor Indicted on Charges of Writing Illegal Prescriptions

Dr. Tressie Montene Duffy

A Martinsburg doctor has been indicted on federal charges that she illegally prescribed prescription painkillers.

U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld said Wednesday that 44-year-old Dr. Tressie Montene Duffy faces 100 felony counts of aiding and abetting the distribution of four controlled substances.

Duffy is CEO and owner West Virginia Weight and Wellness Inc. Office assistant Amanda Clark and AIT Laboratories employee Tracie Colbert were indicted on similar charges.

The indictment accuses Duffy of signing blank prescription orders, then allowing employees to issue 157 of them to 96 patients without being seen by a physician.

Last month the state Board of Medicine accused Duffy of violations of state law and unprofessional conduct. Among other things, the complaint said Duffy repeatedly exposed her breasts to staff and patients after undergoing augmentation surgery.