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BOSTON, Mass. - 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.


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