Joel E. Miller (credit: CBS)

Joel E. Miller (credit: CBS)

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) – A Craig doctor accused of improperly dispensing drugs that led to the deaths of two patients is due in court Tuesday.

Joel E. Miller is scheduled to appear in court in Grand Junction and should learn whether he’ll be released on bond.

He was arrested Monday in Steamboat Springs on charges of health care fraud, money laundering and distributing and dispensing controlled substances.

An indictment alleges he tried to defraud health care benefits programs by prescribing painkillers to patients who didn’t necessarily need them, at dosages that could cause someone to become addicted.

The U.S. attorney’s office in Denver says Miller also is accused of pre-signing prescriptions and allowing office employees to distribute prescriptions in his absence.

Miller told a Denver television station that he’s the victim of a witch hunt.

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