Doctors Arrested On Drug Charges

By: News 10
By: News 10

Dr. James Park practices at the Arnold Medical Clinic and he's just one of four doctors arrested Wednesday and charged in a prescription drug investigation for various offenses.

"Insurance fraud, that would be generally billing the insurance company for something that is not a valid charge, unlawfully prescribing medication," said Sara Edwards, Chief Assistant Prosecutor of Shiawassee County.

Doctor Peter Cotey is facing two felony counts and Doctor David Huff is facing three felony counts. Doctors Richard Neely and James Park are each facing 18 felony counts.

Other charges include falsifying patients medical records stemming from search warrants executed this March. Investigators say the doctors were all family practitioners.

"They're not all charged with all three of those different types of crimes but generally those are the three charges that we're looking at," Edwards said.

Investigators say the four cases are unrelated, between the four doctors they're charged with 41 counts and a 5th doctors is still waiting to be arraigned, some of the charges include prescribing dangerous medication, even narcotics.

"Vicodin, Methadone is another one," said Det. First Lt. Timothy Gill of the Michigan State Police.

The prosecutor's office says they were tipped off on the alleged misconduct my members of the community and other sources, kicking off a year and a half long investigation.

"Frankly the tips didn't just come through the drug team, but especially in a small community we hear information from a lot of difference sources," Edwards said.

The year and half long investigation was conducted by the Mid Michigan Area Group Narcotics Enforcement Team (MAGNET), and investigators say prescription drug abuse is serious problem in Shiawassee county

"In 2008 we had 18 overdose drug deaths in this county," Gill said.

The doctors will have a preliminary hearing on June 2, all have been released on a personal recognizance bond.


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  • by laingsburg Location: shiawassee on Jul 14, 2009 at 02:31 PM
    Hey, Sara Edwards what about Kevin Craig,MD!! Are you purpously leaving him out and why? He destroyed us!
  • by Nichole Location: Owosso on Jul 8, 2009 at 05:46 AM
    Dr. Huff was set up. I listened to the tape recordings in court. Asst. Pros. Atty Sara Edwards has a vendetta to pursue. Her sister died of a med OD. Any other info they have gotten is from drug addicts trying to get their sentences reduced
  • by Proven Guilty? Location: Lansing on May 31, 2009 at 06:18 PM
    Don't folks have to be proven guilty before some know-it-alls on this blog start tar and feathering? These doctors have the right to defend themselves in a court room, and I have seen prosecutors make mistakes before. Plea bargining happens for a reason.
  • by jnj33usa on May 25, 2009 at 11:38 PM
    I cannot speak for anyone but myself. I have seen Dr. Neely for nearly 8 months now. Three different doctors have all diagnosed my hand which was smashed in an accident and never healed correctly. Needless to say it is now disformed and a constant discomfort. I was prescribed a low dose of pain medicine as all doctors had told me that with the way my hand healed, surgery may do more bad than good. It was obvious that I had to deal with this discomfort on a daily basis and the only thing that helped to contain it was my medicine. As an adult I know how to properly take my medicine. It's unfortunate that so many adults now days do not. Again, I can only speak for me and each visit to Monroe health care for me was a comfortable one. I had a pretty good relationship with Dr. Neely and I personally know that he has a big heart and is a very caring man that seemed to me was very dedicated to his job. With that said, I am truly surprised at all of this but I do wish the best for my Doctor.
  • by kevin on May 22, 2009 at 02:38 PM
    sounds like a lotta addicts are mad that their supplier got busted, dont worry you'll find another. pushers ain't to hard to find
  • by former patient Location: Owosso-Elsie on May 22, 2009 at 12:36 PM
    I must say, that one of these doctors was my doctor a few years bac, and although I LOVED this doctor, and he is a WONDERFUL person, it was VERY easy, too easy, to get any medication you wanted from him. You'd just go in and say what you want and he would write it. It's sad to me because I loved this doctor and he is GREAT! Sad it came to this!!!!
  • by jane Location: lansing on May 22, 2009 at 11:45 AM
    it is possible that some of these sources are pharmacies. if they are filling prescriptions and there is a pattern of who is writing large amounts of narcotics, who is getting them and how often-and possibly if the patient is paying cash for them, it could trigger a pharmicist to become concerned. afterall, they are the one's signing that they are filling those meds and are responsible as well. also, it is not uncommon for insurance companies to audit patient's charts. they want to make sure that the dr isn't charging a higher level of care, or for services NOT done. if a patient questioned the insurance getting billed for an ekg, and a office fee of $200, and they went to the dr only for a sore throat, they could have called the insurance to would investigate this. it will be interesting to see how this develops and hopefully this is a big misunderstanding. seems like they put some effort into it already. it would be a big embarrassment to the prosecuting team if they jumped the gun.
  • by Martha Location: Lansing on May 21, 2009 at 08:38 PM
    Remember those reading these articles...remember these words from Chief Asst. Pros.... "Frankly the tips didn't just come through the drug team, but especially in a small community we hear information from a lot of difference sources," Edwards said. I for one would certainly want to know which "community sources" she's referring to....more than likely very questionable sources...and who knows what they were dealt or compensated for their "input"
  • by hospital worker Location: downtown on May 21, 2009 at 08:11 PM
    Sometimes it's the "nice" doctors who get stung by not being able to say "no" because they ARE kind-hearted, and some pts can act when they want what they want! Is it the Dr's fault for trying to be nice and accomodating? Unfortunately yes; it is their legal & moral obligation to exhaust other efforts before giving into a patient if they are solely wanting pain control. One great thing we have in our area are pain clinics, and not all prescribe controlled prescriptions. I've had patients throw scripts back at me because they were given Motrin, Flexeril or Naprosyn. Or call & yell because the pain clinic will not give them meds. I've had rolled eyes at physical therapy orders, swore at, they refuse MRI's & xrays but NEED that narcotic. We have a great system in this state to be able to check for narcotic abuse if a patient requests them, and we are suspicious. Drs can find out where, when and who gave you any controlled drug-and where you filled it at. I hope they are vindicated........
  • by Dave Location: St. Johns on May 21, 2009 at 07:27 PM
    I have spent numerous hours working with, being around, and meeting with Dr. Huff on my medical concerns for at least ten years. A man of greed and fraud he is not. He runs free clinics for the poor, gives personal counseling and attention to his patients and has even seen them in his home. Dr. Huff lives simply, modestly and without pretense. He has genuine concern for everyone and I know he feels hurt right now from all the judgmental, slanderous, vindictive people who have been hurt in the past by someone else. You cannot label all doctors as greedy. Dr. Huff has gone out of his way to create outreach programs for the kids at Ovid-Elsie, support missions trips and has committed much time to fund raisers and social events for young people. Some people live cynical lives and think his good deeds are a coverup for some dark deed that he has committed. Dr. Huff lives a life of significance thinking of others first. What about you? I will always hold this man in high regard.
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