Schuster hearing set for today

By The Mercury

The Manhattan doctor accused of running a pill mill is scheduled to appear in federal court Monday afternoon for a status hearing.

Michael Schuster, 53, who operated the Manhattan Pain and Spine, is accused of authorizing illegal prescriptions to 540 patients between April 2007 and August 2012 by providing pre-signed prescription pads to his unlicensed staff for their use while Schuster was out of the country.

Though officials did not indicate the nature of what will be discussed, status hearings are routinely set to keep judges updated on the standing of a case.

Schuster last appeared in court in May for a detention hearing in which he was denied bail by Magistrate Judge Gary Sebelius.

Schuster is represented by attorneys Thomas Bath and Barry Clark. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jared Maag is prosecuting the case.

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