Pain doc denied bond

By Katherine Wartell

A federal magistrate judge has denied bond to the Manhattan doctor accused of operating a pill mill out of his local clinic.

Michael Schuster, 53, who operated Manhattan Pain and Spine, will remain in custody until his future trial after Magistrate Judge Gary Sebelius sided with federal prosecutors in agreeing that Schuster is a “serious” flight-risk.

Schuster is accused of authorizing illegal prescriptions to 540 patients and authorities say he might be linked to overdoses amongst Fort Riley soldiers and their families.

In his decision, Sebelius told the court that he was “quite troubled” by misrepresentations made by Schuster and his wife, Janet Immer, including their failure to disclose assets like gold investments to authorities, and Schuster’s possession of two passports after claiming he had never applied for one of them.

According to court testimony, the couple owns several properties throughout the United States and overseas and have more than $1 million in foreign bank accounts.

Schuster’s defense may file a motion of reconsideration on the matter of bond in the future.

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