GRAND JUNCTION — A doctor from Craig was arrested Monday 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 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.
Miller also is accused of pre-signing prescriptions and allowing office employees to distribute prescriptions in his absence, without a doctor seeing the patient, the U.S. attorney's office in Denver said.
Miller told KUSA-TV in Denver he is the victim of a witch hunt.
In 2009, the Colorado Board of Medical Examiners issued a letter of admonition to Miller based on findings that he "misprescribed" neuropsychiatric medications to certain patients, the indictment said. The board ordered him to attend a continuing medical education course on prescribing. Miller sent a letter to the board in 2011 noting he had completed the course.
According to the indictment, Miller prescribed drugs in 2010 to a patient who later died and in 2012 to another patient who also died.