CHARLESTON, W.Va. — After asking a federal judge to have mercy on him, a former Charleston neurologist was sentenced Wednesday to spend three years on probation, including six months on home confinement, for failing to record his dispensing of a high-powered prescription painkiller.
A beleaguered Iraj Derakhshan, 72, gave up his license to ever again practice medicine when he pleaded guilty in April to a felony federal record keeping charge.
“I stand before you having admitted to a — what I believe is a technicality, but nonetheless — a violation. I pleaded guilty, I feel remorse,” Derakshan told a judge before he was sentenced Wednesday. “I beg for your understanding and mercy.”
The charge carried a statutory maximum four-year prison sentence and potential $250,000 fine…