Craig Doctor Convicted Of Prescribing Drugs Illegally

A jury has convicted a Craig doctor of several counts of prescribing drugs without a legitimate medical purpose, resulting in the death of one patient.

The Denver Post reports that Joel Miller, who owned and operated High Country Medical, was arrested in August 2013 following a federal indictment that also included charges of health care fraud and money laundering.

He was convicted Monday, and the Department of Justice says he faces 20 years to life in prison when he is sentenced Nov. 16.

The indictment accused Miller of trying 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.