BROOKSVILLE - Lynn Hutchinson, a woman the Hernando County Sheriff's Office found posing as a pain management doctor in 2011, was sentenced to 10 years probation Wednesday.
Hutchinson, 48, previously signed off on a plea agreement that would have sent her to jail for one year, followed by 10 years of drug offender probation for numerous charges, including unlicensed practice of a healthcare professional, practicing medicine without a license, fraudulent use of identification information and assisting a person to obtain a controlled substance by fraud.
According to a motion filed in July by attorney Jimmy Brown, Hutchinson suffered from stage 3 Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, lung and skin infections, pneumonia, ulcers, liver dysfunction and other conditions that may have posed a threat to herself, as well as other inmates and staff in a correctional institute.
Last year, she attended court in a wheelchair with a surgical mask covering her face, and used an oxygen tank to breathe.
In 2011, after an 18-month-long investigation, Hutchinson was arrested on numerous charges after she introduced herself to an undercover detective as "Dr. Lynn Hutchinson" and wrote him a referral at Spring Hill's Hope Pain Management Clinic. Hutchinson is not a medical doctor, and one of the terms of her probation is she not own or work in the medical business.
Dr. Harold Sleight, the doctor Hutchinson worked with at the clinic, pleaded no contest last April to 12 felony counts, including trafficking in controlled substances and principal to practicing medicine without a license. He was sentenced to 10 years drug offender probation and more than $100,000 in fines.