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Boise Doctor Charged with 17 Count Indictment

JUN 16 (BOISE, Idaho) – Michael Minas, 49, of Boise, Idaho, appeared on June 13, 2014, in federal  court in Boise on an indictment charging him with 17 count of distributing a controlled substance.  Minas was arrested on June 12, 2014, outside of his medical practice in Eagle.  Trial is set for August 12, 2014, before U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge at the federal courthouse in Boise.

The indictment alleges that Minas distributed outside the usual course of professional practice and for a legitimate medical purpose the following:  Oxycodone 30 mg, and OxyContin 80 mg, both Schedule II controlled substances, and diazepam, a Schedule IV controlled substance. 

The court released Minas until trial and ordered him to follow several specific conditions while on release.  Pending trial, Minas will be prohibited from writing prescriptions and will not engage in the practice of medicine except for the limited purpose of transferring patient records so that patients may see other providers.  He also must relinquish any prescription pads in his possession.  Minas will be subject to home detention and electronic monitoring and will be allowed in the community only for limited purposes and with the pre-approval of this pre-trial services officer. 

The charge of distributing a controlled substance is punishable by up to 20 years in prison, a maximum fine of $1,000,000 and at least three years of supervised release.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Tactical Diversion Squad which is comprised of law enforcement personnel from the DEA, Ada County Sheriff’s Office, Boise Police Department, Idaho State Police, Meridian Police Department, Nampa Police Department, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General.

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