Feds Indict Kan. Clinic Employee For Prescriptions

By: AP Posted By: Stephanie Schultz
By: AP Posted By: Stephanie Schultz
Manhattan Pain and Spine

Manhattan Pain and Spine

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) _ A federal grand jury has indicted the office manager of a Manhattan pain clinic on charges of scheming with the doctor to illegally distribute prescription drugs.

The indictment returned Wednesday accuses 29-year-old Sarah Harding-Huffine of writing prescriptions for oxycodone for more than 20 people even though she is not a certified health care provider and is not licensed to do so. Harding-Huffine worked at the New Manhattan Medical Group PC, New Medical Group, Advisor's Medical and Manhattan Pain and Spine on Westport Drive in Manhattan.

Prosecutors say she used blank prescription forms that Dr. Michael P. Schuster had pre-signed for his employees to use while he was away traveling.

Harding-Huffine is charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute drugs and one count of drug distribution. Schuster was indicted in May on similar charges and is awaiting trial.

Harding-Huffine's attorney, Nick Heiman, declined comment, saying he had not had a chance yet to review the indictment.

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