Craig doctor Joel Miller indicted on charges of fraud, dispensing controlled substances

CRAIG, Colo. - A doctor from Craig has been arrested on charges that he allegedly improperly dispensed drugs that led to the deaths of two patients.

Joel E. Miller of High Country Medical was advised in court Monday that he was indicted on charges including health care fraud, dispensing controlled substances and money laundering.

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.