Lynn Hutchinson will serve a minimum, mandatory sentence for the 12 felony counts against her per a plea agreement reached earlier in April, according to Assistant State Attorney Sonny McCathran.
Hutchinson, 47, was arrested on Nov. 1, 2011 when the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant on the Hope Pain Management Group at 1250 Mariner Blvd. in Spring Hill. She posted $50,000 bail the same day for the multiple felony charges of practicing medicine without a license and fraud.
The pain clinic’s physician, Harold Sleight, is scheduled for a May trial on charges that include writing blank prescriptions, principal to practicing medicine without a license, trafficking in drugs and possession of controlled substances.
Court documents show that a sheriff’s detective visited the pain clinic undercover in May 2011, and was examined by Hutchinson, who introduced herself as “Dr. Lynn Hutchinson.” Hutchinson later provided the man with an MRI referral.
McCathran said that when Hutchinson is sentenced on May 28, she’ll receive one year and one day in prison and 10 years of drug offender probation. “The most important condition is she is not permitted to own a business related to, and/or work in, the health care or medical field,” McCathran said.