Mich. prosecutor faces prescription fraud charge - WNEM TV 5

Mich. prosecutor faces prescription fraud charge

ALPENA, Mich. (AP) - A northern Michigan prosecutor accused of doctor shopping to illegally get prescriptions for painkillers has made an initial court appearance.

The Alpena News reports Richard Steiger, the prosecutor in Presque Isle County, appeared Wednesday in Alpena County 88th District Court. He was released on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond.

His next hearing is Jan. 11 in Alpena.

Steiger has strongly denied the accusations. He told The Associated Press on Tuesday he has a documented history of medical problems, and that his doctors knew he was seeing different physicians. The 46-year-old says he's the victim of a "political witch hunt."

Attorney General Bill Schuette said the prosecutor was investigated by a regional undercover drug squad and state police.

Steiger is accused of visiting multiple doctors for the same prescription painkillers.

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