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A former high-ranking drug company executive pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Boston for his role in a nationwide conspiracy to bribe doctors to unnecessarily prescribe a fentanyl-based painkiller.

Alec Burlakoff, former vice president of sales of Chandler, Ariz.-based Insys Therapeutics, pleaded guilty to a count of racketeering conspiracy before U.S. District Court Judge Allison D. Burroughs.

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