Doctor accused of writing fake prescriptions appears in court

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Shocking allegations against Louisville doctor who police say was writing fake prescriptions and trafficking a controlled substance.

An emotional Dr. Kari Nally came before a judge Monday, after spending the weekend behind bars at Metro Corrections.

"She was arrested Friday afternoon, banks were closed, she spent the weekend in jail," said Nally's attorney Brian Butler. "This was a horrible weekend for her."

Nally was arrested at her Mt. Washington home after an investigation that spanned nearly 4 months. Police say they were tipped off after a "suspicious phoned in prescription".

Police say Dr. Nally abused her license by writing illegal prescriptions for herself and others.

Police charged her with dozens of counts of trafficking in and obtaining or trying to get prescription drugs. Pills such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, and xanax.

The prosecutor indicated that Nally had a problem with abusing drugs.

Alongside Nally in court on Monday, were Vanessa Burba and Joyce Grubbs. They have also been indicted in the case facing various drug trafficking charges. Judge Audra Eckerle released them on their own recognizance on Monday.

Also facing charges are Kendria Gates, who was released on her own recognizance on Friday and Tamara Sullivan who still has an active bench warrant out for her arrest.

Police say Gates, Sullivan, and Burba were Nally's employees.

Nally, a family practice doctor was working out of an office in south Louisville on Preston Highway. Outside her door was a sign saying effective 4-16-12, Dr. Nally was no longer prescribing meds.

Moriah Williams has been a patient of Dr. Nally for the past two years. She was shocked to learn of her arrest.

"I'm like no way," said Moriah Williams. "My heart my body my hands were shaking. I'm like this is not her. This stinks."

Williams came by the office to see if she could pick up any personal medical documents. She finds this all hard to believe.

"I believe there were things going on she had no idea what was going on," said Williams. "With her being the doctor she ends up taking the hit."

Dr. Nally was ordered not to prescribe any medication and her Kentucky State Medical License has also been suspended pending this case.

Her bond was lowered by Judge Eckerle, 10% of $ 10,000. Her attorney expects her to make bail.

The defendants will be back in court July 17.

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