Founder charged in opioid scheme can remove GPS monitoring

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The founder of a pharmaceutical company charged with leading a nationwide conspiracy to bribe doctors to prescribe an opioid pain medication has won his bid to remove his electronic monitoring bracelet.

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U.S. Magistrate Judge Jennifer Boal in Boston said Monday that prosecutors have shown no evidence that John Kapoor of Arizona-based Insys Therapeutics Inc. intends to flee. Prosecutors said at a hearing this month he should remain on GPS monitoring because he's a flight risk.

Kapoor and other Insys executives are accused of offering kickbacks to doctors to write large numbers of prescriptions for a fentanyl-based pain medication that's meant for cancer patients.

Defense attorney Brian Kelly said Kapoor is grateful for the ruling and looks forward to fighting the charges.