CRAIG, Colo. - The 9Wants to Know investigators have learned the feds arrested a well-known doctor who they allege has been over prescribing prescription pain medication that resulted in two patient deaths and many other patients getting medication to feed their addictions.
A grand jury has handed up an 35-count indictment against Dr. Joel Miller charging him with a long list of crimes including heath care fraud, money laundering, dispensing a controlled substance and dispensing a controlled substance resulting in death.
In an exclusive interview, Dr. Joel Miller denies that he has done anything wrong or that he is responsible for any patient deaths.
"The question, 'Did any of my patients die because of the medication I gave them,' and the answer is, 'No,'" Miller said in an interview taped weeks before his arrest.
Federal court documents containing the charges were made public Monday afternoon, a day earlier than originally expected.
Miller calls the investigation, being conducted by the Department of Justice's Drug Enforcement Administration, a witch-hunt.
"I'm David and the Department of Justice is Goliath," Miller said.
He believes federal agents are going after him to boost their drug-related arrest numbers. He says agents know small town doctors don't have a lot of money for expensive attorneys.
Since the DEA took away Miller's certification to prescribe powerful pain medication, more than a dozen of Miller's patients have called 9NEWS to say they stand behind the doctor.
Former patients describe Miller as an excellent doctor who was well-liked and well respected in the Craig community.
Miller says he believes he will win his case against the government and plans to be back practicing medicine.
"That is where I belong. That's the only place I've ever wanted to be since I started medical school, in a small town like Craig," Miller said.
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