Judge reviews narcotics charge against a Ukiah Surgeon

A Men­do­cino County Court Judge is review­ing a pre­scrip­tion fraud case against a Ukiah sur­geon.
Dr. Brian Cable faces six felony counts of pre­scrip­tion fraud and a sev­enth charge that he pos­sessed a con­trolled sub­stance with the intent to dis­trib­ute, fur­nish or sell it. Judge Ann Moor­man announced after a Mon­day pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing — the dis­trict attorney’s chance to show enough evi­dence to bind over the defen­dant for trial — that she intended to hold Cable to answer the six pre­scrip­tion fraud charges. Accord­ing to the Men­do­cino County Dis­trict Attorney’s Office, the defense claimed at the pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing that Cable’s actions stemmed from his addic­tion, not from an intent to fur­nish the drug to oth­ers. No fur­ther court dates have been set while Moor­man makes her deci­sion on the fur­nish­ing charge. Once her rul­ing is made, the com­plaint against Cable would be adjusted accord­ingly and he would be arraigned on the charges, if changes are made.