May 9, 2015 3:31 PM by News Staff
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Federal authorities say a Tennessee grandmother ran a string of pill mills that raked in $17.5 million in four years.
Sylvia Hofstetter has been charged with drug trafficking, several counts of money laundering and money laundering conspiracy. She is currently awaiting federal trial.
Her lawyer, Richard Escobar, says Hofstetter had never been arrested before and is a good person and a good mother. He says she's hired counsel to investigate and "set the story straight."
Neighbors say Hofstetter didn't hide her affluence, throwing extravagant pool parties and going all out to decorate her home for holidays.
The government maintains Hofstetter was running several pain clinics for up to 100 addicts a day. Others were described as legitimate operations that took insurance but referred people to facilities where prescriptions were written.
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