Lawson sentenced to two years in prison

Sentenced: Ken Lawson
Sentenced: Ken Lawson

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - One of Cincinnati's prominent lawyers will serve two years in prison for federal drug charges.

Ken Lawson, 45, was sentenced on Wednesday and will serve two years in prison after he pleaded guilty on one count of Conspiracy to Illegally Distribute a Controlled Substance in September of 2008.

He admitted that he used his clients to get illegal prescription painkillers like OxyContin, Percodan, and Percoset. He obtained an estimated 127 fraudulent patient, at least a third were from his clients. The scheme went on from August of 2003 to January of 2007.

Lawson was suspended indefinitely by the Ohio Supreme Court after admitting to having a drug addiction and owning clients thousands of dollars.

Along with serving two years in prison, Lawson will serve one year under supervised released. During that time he will have to complete 1,000 hours of community service. Lawson will have 30 days to surrender voluntarily to the Bureau of Prisons within 30 days to begin serving his sentence.