California court charges doctors, companion of Anna Nicole Smith with conspiring to supply her drugs

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LOS ANGELES: The longtime companion of Anna Nicole Smith and two

psychiatrists were charged on Thursday (March 12) with conspiring to furnish

drugs to the former Playboy playmate in the years before her 2007 death from a

prescription medication overdose.

Howard Stern, an attorney and doctors Sandeep Kapoor and Khristine

Eroshevich were each charged with a single count of conspiracy, the Los

Angeles County District Attorney's Office said. Other charges were filed for

unlawfully prescribing opiates and other controlled substances.

The trio furnished thousands of prescription pills to Smith,

"often for no legitimate medical purpose," said California Attorney

General Jerry Brown. "There is ample evidence that Doctor Eroshevich and

Doctor Kapoor violated their ethical obligations as physicians, while Mr.

Stern funneled highly addictive drugs to Ms. Smith," Brown added.

The charges say they allegedly furnished drugs to Smith between June

2004 and January 26, 2007. Smith died at age 39 in Hollywood, Florida, on

February 8, 2007, of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs shortly

after the birth of her daughter and the death of her son, who also died of a

drug overdose.

Her death prompted a legal battle over the paternity of her baby

daughter. Stern said he was the girl's father, but DNA tests showed

photographer Larry Birkhead was the biological father and he was given custody

of the child.

The criminal charges resulted from an investigation that involved the

District Attorney's Office, the state Attorney General's Office, the U.S. Drug

Enforcement Administration, the California Medical Board and state Department

of Insurance.

Brown is scheduled to hold a news conference in Los Angeles on Friday

(March 13) morning (1700gmt). -REUTERS








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