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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