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Tennessee Pill-Mill Owner Sentenced to 21 Years

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The owner of a Maryville pill mill who jumped bond during her federal trial for conspiracy, drug charges and money laundering has been sentenced to spend more than 21 years in federal prison.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/Zwo9hZ) U.S. District Judge Tom Varlan on Thursday also ordered all of Tammy Guzman's assets forfeited.

The 42-year-old was convicted earlier this year in a pills-for-cash scheme at her Maryville Pain Consultants clinic that netted at least $2 million over two years.

Varlan gave Guzman credit for an otherwise clean criminal record in rejecting the life sentence she could have received.

Guzman's boyfriend, Brian Keith Hatcher, pleaded guilty last year to hiding Guzman while she was on the lam. Hatcher was sentenced on Thursday to nearly 11 years in prison.