A local dentist is under arrest, charged with writing prescriptions for painkillers in exchange for sexual favors
Wareham dentist Steven Miller, 68, is facing federal drug charges and is being held in custody tonight after agents from the US Drug Enforcement Administration and local police raided his office and arrested him earlier today.
Investigators say he prescribed drugs to more than 300 patients, something they say is quite unusual for a dentist. Wareham police were tipped off about him, and then the DEA stepped in.
“They weren't written to them for an ailment. If you went to your doctor and you had a back pain and the doctor legally gave you a prescription. These were given illegally,” said Wareham police Det. Sgt. Doug Jacinto.
FOX Undercover also got a tip, and sent someone in for an appointment armed with a hidden camera just a day before the raid.
“My name is Whitney, and I get this a lot. People say oh, like Whitney Houston, and it was followed up by a comment, “Oh, you're so beautiful, you should be a singer or an actress just like her,” the person said.
“It was off it was the way it was said, and coming from a professional, someone in that position. We don't have that type of relationship. I've never met him before but the first thing he said to me just didn't seem right,” she said.
Whitney complained to Dr. Miller about tooth pain. She says he wanted to perform a procedure, but she declined and left.
Asked if he gave prescriptions to people in exchange for sexual favors, Dr. Miller had no comment. But court documents detail the allegations against him.
A DEA agent writes in an affidavit that Dr. Miller prescribed controlled substances in exchange for sexual favors such as “the feeling of breasts or buttocks.”
Another patient looking for a prescription says the doctor told her, “You need a slapped ass,” and then asked to see her breasts.
This isn't the first time Dr. Miller is in trouble with the law. He pleaded guilty in 1986 to Medicaid fraud and larceny charges and paid a $25,000-dollar fine.
A friend and patient of his was stunned by the latest allegations.
“I’m just amazed. I can’t believe it. It’s all new to me. I've never known that side of him. I've only known the other side,” the friend said. “He's a fine dentist and excellent work that he does and a great community man.”
Miller is being held without bail pending a hearing Wednesday in US District Court in Boston. He has already surrendered his license to practice dentistry.
If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison.
The US Dept. of Justice released the following statement:
A Wareham dentist was charged in federal court today with illegally distributing and dispensing controlled substances. STEVEN MILLER, 68, was charged in a criminal complaint with illegally distributing and dispensing Vicodin and Valium. The defendant was arrested today, and a search warrant was executed at his dental office in Wareham.
The complaint alleges that in November and December of 2010, Miller distributed Vicodin and Valium in Wareham to individuals, including a DEA Task Force Officer acting in an undercover capacity, whom he was not treating. As referenced in the affidavit, it is also alleged that Miller prescribed controlled substances without a valid medical purpose, namely in exchange for sexual favors.
If convicted, the defendant faces a up to 10 years in prison, followed by a term of supervised release, and a $1M fine. Miller voluntarily surrendered his dental license today. United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Steven W. Derr, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Field Division made the announcement today. The case is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration's New England Field Division Tactical Diversion Squad which is comprised of investigators from DEA and the Burlington, North Andover, Plainville, Wellesley, Westbourgh, Worcester and Douglas Police Departments.
DEA was assisted by the Wareham Police Department and received cooperation from the Massachusetts Board of Dentistry. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney George W. Vien of Ortiz's Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force. The details contained in the complaint affidavit are allegations. The defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.