Doctor in Craig indicted on federal charges

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - A doctor from Craig has been arrested on federal charges alleging he improperly dispensed drugs that led to the deaths of two patients.

Joel E. Miller of High Country Medical was advised in court Monday in Grand Junction that he was indicted on charges including health care fraud resulting in death and dispensing controlled substances.
An indictment alleges he tried to defraud health care benefits programs by prescribing painkillers to patients who didn't necessarily need them, at dosages that could cause someone to become addicted.
The U.S. attorney's office in Denver says Miller also is accused of pre-signing prescriptions and allowing office employees to distribute prescriptions in his absence, without a doctor seeing the patient.
Miller told KUSA-TV in Denver he is the victim of a witch hunt.

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