Update: Craig doctor to have bond hearing Wednesday

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) Update: Wednesday 6:05 p.m. -- According to the defense attorney, no decision was reached today and the hearing will resume on Tuesday.

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A Craig doctor accused of improperly dispensing drugs that led to the deaths of two patients is due in court for a bond hearing Wednesday.

Joel E. Miller is scheduled to appear in court in Grand Junction and should learn whether he'll be released on bond..

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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