Pain doc in court to determine if flight-risk

By Katherine Wartell

The wife of a Manhattan physician accused of running a pill mill took the stand Tuesday during her husband’s detention hearing.

Janet Immer, wife of Michael Schuster, 53, testified in regards to foreign bank accounts and numerous property the couple owns throughout the United States and overseas during a federal court hearing to determine whether Schuster, who ran Manhattan Pain and Spine, should be released on bond prior to his trial.

Schuster is accused of authorizing illegal prescriptions to 540 patients while he was out of the country between April 2007 and August 2012. Allegedly, Schuster left pre-signed prescription pads for his unlicensed staff to give to patients.

In court, it was testified that the couple has more than $1 million in foreign bank accounts and owns land overseas. The couple had purchased land in Paraguay, where they were intending to build a home, a month prior to the FBI raid on Schuster’s clinic.

Prosecutors also admitted evidence suggesting Schuster has two passports, one issued in 2005 and another in 2007 after claiming he had never applied for one in 2005.

Magistrate Judge Gary Sebelius did not rule on the matter Tuesday, continuing the hearing for Thursday.

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