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 Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...

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