Hillsboro, OH (WorkersCompensation.com) – A Wilmington, OH doctor was indicted on 29 felony counts Wednesday, following an investigation by multiple state agencies there.
Dr. Timothy S. Manuel was arrested on one count of workers’ compensation fraud, 14 counts of aggravated drug trafficking, and 14 count of illegal processing of drug documents, Steven Schierholt, executive director of the Ohio Board of Pharmacy said in a press release.
The arrest comes after a 5-year investigation started in May 2012 stemming from concerns that Dr. Manuel was prescribing controlled substances without meeting the minimum standards of patient care.
Two years later, in April 2014, officials executed a search warrant at Hillsboro Urgent Care, where Dr. Manuel worked. Officials said that patient records were seized at the time, but no arrests were made. The investigation involved multiple Ohio agencies including the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) and the State Medical Board of Ohio.
Representatives from the BWC said the investigation was not theirs to comment on.
“We don’t have any comment at this stage of the case,” said Tony Gottschlich, public information officer for the BWC, told WorkersCompensation.com. “We joined the investigation, but we weren’t the lead agency.”
Jesse Wimberly, public information officer for the Ohio Pharmacy Board, said the investigation is ongoing. The drug in question, Wimberly told WorkersCompensation.com, was oxycodone. However, Wimberly said because the indictment is now with the prosecutor’s office, he was limited in what he could say.
He did say that for a document-based investigation, five years is relatively quick.
The arrest isn’t the first time Manuel has come under scrutiny. In 2001, Manuel was reprimanded by the Ohio State Medical Board for failing to provide the board with a log of the required 40 credit hours of Category 1 Continued Medication Education credits for 1996 through 1998. In a consent agreement with the board, he provided an updated and accurate record of his continued education and was subject to random audits by the board.
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