Doctor gets probation in Ala. steroid case

MOBILE, AL - MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A doctor who testified for the prosecution against the owners of a pharmacy that supplied thousands of dosages of steroids has been given a suspended sentence.

U.S. District Judge Ginny Granade accepted the recommendation of prosecutors and imposed a year of probation on osteopath Pamela Pyle of Myrtle Beach, S.C.

The 47-year-old Pyle pleaded guilty in May 2008 to misprision of a felony, which means she was aware of a crime and concealed it. She was 1 of the first people targeted in a probe centering on Applied Pharmacy Services.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Donna Dobbins told Granade that Pyle immediately cooperated after learning that she was under investigation.

Prosecutors contended that the principal owners of Applied Pharmacy reaped millions of dollars from the sale of steroids.

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