Manhattan doctor pleaded not guilty to federal charges

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A Manhattan doctor has pleaded not guilty to four federal charges, including illegally distributing prescription drugs out of his Manhattan medical clinic.

53-year-old Michael Schuster was indicted last week on multiple counts alleging he operated a pill mill from his clinic.

Prosecutors are seeking forfeiture of money and property.

Schuster entered his plea Tuesday after being read the charges.

The indictment alleges that from April 2007 until at least August of last year, Schuster engaged in a scheme to unlawfully distribute controlled substances.

A detention hearing for Schuster will be continued Thursday.

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