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Former Hillsboro doctor pleads guilty to improper opioid prescriptions

Former Hillsboro doctor pleads guilty to improper opioid prescriptions
Posted at 12:44 PM, Apr 27, 2018

HILLSBORO, Ohio -- A former Hillsboro urgent care doctor pleaded guilty Friday to improperly prescribing opioids to patients.

Dr. Timothy Manuel, 59, who now lives in Missouri, prescribed large amounts of medically-unnecessary oxycodone to numerous patients, the Ohio Board of Pharmacy and Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation found. 

"Needlessly prescribing prescription drugs is just as bad as selling them on the street," said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, who is also running for governor.

Manuel also billed the Bureau of Workers' Compensation for medical services that were never provided, authorities said. 

In Highland County Common Pleas Court, Manuel pleaded guilty to four counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs and one count of workers' compensation fraud.

Sentencing is scheduled for May 24.