published Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Doctor charged with illegal prescriptions posts bond in Catoosa County

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    Staff Photo by Joy Lukachick/Chattanooga Times Free Press The Doctor's Health Center on Cloud Springs Road was closed Tuesday after police charged Dr. Norman Neal with illegally prescribing pain medication.
    Photo by Joy Lukachick Smith /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

A doctor who was charged with writing illegal prescriptions from a Catoosa County weight loss clinic two weeks ago has been released on bond.

Dr. Norman Neal, of Cleveland, Tenn., posted a $50,000 bond on Tuesday and was released from jail, court officials said.

Neal, who worked for Doctor’s Health Center in Fort Oglethorpe, was charged with 24 counts of signing blank prescriptions and five counts of illegally possessing controlled substances, booking reports show.

Local and federal police raided the clinic on March 1 and arrested Neal. Police said they found more evidence in Neal’s truck to charge him additionally.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press Since 2009, she's covered breaking news, high-profile trials, stories of lost lives and of regained hope and done investigative work. Raised near the Bayou, Joy’s hometown is along the outskirts of Baton Rouge, La. She has a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Louisiana State University. While at LSU, Joy was a staff writer for the Daily Reveille. When Joy isn't chasing ...

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