Michael Minas, 49, a family practice physician, pleaded not guilty Friday to 17 federal charges of distributing a controlled substance.
Minas was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday and arrested outside his medical office Thursday, Idaho U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson announced. Minas is scheduled for trial Aug. 12.
The indictment alleges that Minas gave 16 prescriptions for the pain pill oxycodone and one for diazepam, an anti-anxiety drug, to undercover officers outside the usual course of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose. The document calls for Minas to forfeit at least $1,400 he allegedly derived from the transactions. The prescriptions ranged from 28 pills to 310 pills each.
Minas was freed pending trial, but he is prohibited from writing prescriptions or practicing medicine except for the limited purpose of transferring patient records so that patients may see other providers, Olson said. He was also ordered to relinquish any prescription pads in his possession.
Minas will be subject to home detention and electronic monitoring, Olson said.
The charge of distributing a controlled substance is punishable by up to 20 years in prison, a maximum fine of $1 million and at least three years of supervised release.
Minas, who has no disciplinary history with the Idaho Board of Medicine, is represented by the federal public defenders office.
The case was investigated by the Tactical Diversion Squad, led by the Drug Enforcement Administration. It included other local, state and federal law enforcement officers, Olson said.
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