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Franconia Doc Facing Drug, Fraud Charges Waives Hearing
A Franconia physician accused of prescribing Oxycodone and other painkillers for anyone who wanted them has waived his preliminary hearing, moving his case closer to trial in Montgomery County Court. 76-year-old Doctor Richard Ruth (pictured here), who lives on Godshall Road and had a medical practice on Cherry Lane, is charged with prescription fraud, insurance fraud and other offenses. Court documents say he preyed on young people between the ages of 20 and 30 who were already addicted, and detectives who raided his office in late August saw intoxicated patients stumble in asking for drugs, apparently with no idea of what was going on. Investigators say his office, in the basement of a converted home, did not look like a professional medical practice. It was dank and cluttered, with a sign scrawled on the door telling patients they had to pay up front with cash.