Authorities in Massachusetts have arrested Dr. Steven S. Miller, a 68-year-old Wareham dentist for allegedly exchanging drugs for sexual favors with female patients. He was arrested and arraigned in federal court and charged with distributing and dispensing controlled substances without a valid medical purpose. If convicted, Miller could end up spending up to 10 years behind bars and be ordered to pay a $1 million fine.
Miller is accused of allegedly handing a female patient a prescription for 40 amoxicillin pills and 36 Vicodin pills after asking to see her breasts and slapping her buttocks. At the time, the patient was working with the authorities.
Miller is also accused of telling undercover DEA Task Force officer Paul Callahan, who was pretending to be the boyfriend of one of the cooperating witnesses, to complete paperwork to make it look as though he had underwent dental work that justified a medication prescription. The dentist then allegedly prescribed 24 Vicodin tablets to Callahan.
According to the arrest affidavit, the prescription records of nine of Miller’s patients contain dosages that are not in line with professional dental standards. The prescriptions were filled at Target, CVS, Wal-Mart, and Walgreens between January 1 and November 30, 2010.
Miller has voluntarily surrendered his dental license.
Massachusetts Drug Crimes
Not only are drug charges some of the most common criminal offenses in this state, but also, they are among the most serious charges. In addition to tough sentences if convicted, having a Massachusetts drug offense on one’s criminal record can negatively impede a person’s life and restrict job and educational opportunities. Deportation or the loss of the opportunity to become a US citizen can also become a factor for some people.
Wareham dentist faces sex-for-drugs charges, SouthCoastToday, December 15, 2010
Dentist traded drugs for sexual favors, police say, Boston Globe, December 16, 2010
Related Web Resources:
Drug Enforcement Administration