Blotter, Aug. 28, 2013

Doctor in court today in GJ

A Craig doctor who was arrested Monday on suspicion of prescribing drugs that resulted in two patient deaths is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Grand Junction today.

Joel Miller, 55, was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of health care fraud, money laundering and distributing controlled substances on Aug. 21, but his arrest affidavit was sealed until his arrest.

Authorities allege Miller attempted to defraud Medicaid and Medicare; prescribed medications in a ruthless manner; and prescribed dosages that would cause patients to misuse the drugs.

Miller is charged with 34 counts.


According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■ Damaree Lee, 28, received a summons on suspicion of being in possession of 10 ounces of marijuana. Officers contacted Lee at the Greyhound bus station, 230 S. Fifth St., on Aug. 14.

■ A bicycle valued at between $2,000 and $5,000 was stolen from the 500 block of North First Street on Aug. 20.

■ More than $5,000 in construction equipment was stolen from the area of 31 and E roads on Thursday.

■ Tools valued at more than $500 were taken from a vehicle in the 2600 block of B 1/2 Road on Aug. 21.

■ Property valued at more than $300 was taken from a home in the 2600 block of Belford Avenue on Thursday.

■ Items valued at more than $2,000 were stolen from a pickup truck and a carport in the 900 1/2 block of Northern Way on Friday.

■ A vehicle valued at less than $20,000 was stolen from the 1100 block of Mesa Avenue on Saturday.

■ Someone attempted to break into a home in the 3000 block of Grand Meadow Avenue on Friday.

■ Someone vandalized a vehicle and stole items valued at more than $2,000 when it was parked in the 600 block of Market Street on Sunday.

■ A vehicle valued at more than $20,000 was stolen from the 1400 block of Ute Avenue on Saturday.

■ Items valued at less than $20,000 were stolen from a home in the 500 block of North 24th Street on Nov. 27, 2012.


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