Ex-doctor ‘Candy Man’ resentenced for illegal prescriptions

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A former Southern California doctor dubbed the “Candy Man” has been resentenced to 27 years in federal prison for writing illegal drug prescriptions for nine patients, including one who died.

His attorney tells City News Service that Julio Diaz was resentenced Monday. His original 2015 sentence was overturned on appeal and the case was sent back to a court in Orange County.

Diaz was convicted of 79 counts of writing prescriptions for painkillers and sedatives that were medically unnecessary.

His attorney, Kate Corrigan, says that at Monday’s hearing, Diaz expressed regret for his “unprofessional conduct” and said he now sees “the dark side of the abuse of narcotics.”

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