Trial in Kan. prescription case set for May 2014

Prescription drugs (KSN File Photo)
Prescription drugs (KSN File Photo)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A northeast Kansas doctor charged with illegally dispensing prescription drugs is scheduled to go to trial in May of next year.

U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson set the trial date during a brief hearing Monday after federal prosecutors and attorneys for 53-year-old Michael Schuster agreed on the timing.

A federal grand jury indicted Schuster last month on four counts alleging he operated a so-called “pill mill” at his Manhattan clinic. He continues to be held without bond.

Schuster has pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors allege that from April 2007 until at least August 2012, Schuster had staff members who weren’t licensed to write prescriptions dispense controlled substances using signed, blank prescription pads he left while traveling.

The May 2014 trial is expected to last two weeks.

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