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Physician sentenced to five years in prison

By The Mercury

Manhattan physician Michael Schuster was sentenced Wednesday to five years in federal prison for unlawfully prescribing drugs.

Schuster, 54, in January pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.

According to a news release from U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom’s office, Schuster’s sentence requires him to pay restitution of $100,772, a fine of $25,000 and comes with numerous other penalties.

In addition, Schuster agreed to forfeit his clinic building, 1135 Westport Drive, a 2012 Ford pickup truck and more than $11,000 in two bank accounts. Schuster also agreed to a forfeiture money judgment of $400,000.

On top of that, Schuster agreed to surrender his medical license, not to reapply for a medical license in Kansas, to surrender his DEA registration number for prescribing controlled substances and not to reapply for a DEA registration number.

The Riley County Police Department began investigating Schuster in early 2012 when it received reports that Schuster was issuing prescriptions for high dosages of scheduled drugs based on minimal or brief physical exams.

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