Andrew Welsh-Huggins
AP Legal Affairs Writer

COLUMBUS: Two Ohio men have pleaded not guilty to federal charges that they ran so-called pill mills selling painkiller prescriptions to as many as 40 people a day.

An 11-count indictment alleges the men conspired to sell prescriptions for painkillers, primarily oxycodone, without a legitimate medical need in Dayton and then southern Ohio.

Christopher Stegawski pleaded not guilty to all charges Tuesday and was released on his own recognizance. His co-defendant, John Callihan, pleaded not guilty last week and was also released on his own recognizance.

The indictment against the two says some customers would drive for hours from northeastern Kentucky and from across southern Ohio to the clinics. It says the clinics would charge $200 in cash per prescription, and that they saw 30 to 40 patients a day.