The Medical Board of California has suspended a local physician's license after he pleaded guilty to one federal felony charge of distribution of Hydrocodone last fall.

On April 15, Gonzalo Flores Ruiz was sentenced to serve 30 months in prison, followed by 60 months of supervised release, according to U.S. District Court Eastern District of California records. A judge also recommended Ruiz participate in a substance abuse treatment program while in prison.

An indictment in the case said Ruiz prescribed the painkiller "without a legitimate medical purpose."

The Medical Board issued a "notice of automatic suspension order" Monday. The suspension will continue while Ruiz is in prison and carry on until a hearing is held, or until the board takes other action, according to the order.

Ruiz's license was issued in December 1992 and set to expire in November 2012, according to the board's website. His license status was listed as delinquent Tuesday afternoon.

-- The Californian