Trial date set for Manhattan doctor accused of running “pill mill”

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A northeast Kansas doctor charged with illegally dispensing prescription drugs is scheduled to go to trial in May 2014.

U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson set the trial date during a brief hearing Monday after federal prosecutors and attorneys for 53-year-old Michael Schuster agreed on the timing.

A federal grand jury indicted Schuster last month on four counts alleging he operated a so-called “pill mill” at his Manhattan clinic.

He continues to be held without bond.

Schuster has pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors allege that Schuster had staff members who weren’t licensed to write prescriptions dispense controlled substances using signed, blank prescription pads he left while traveling.

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