St. Joe doctor pleads no contest to writing phony opioid prescriptions

A doctor from St. Joseph, Michigan has pleaded no contest to writing fake opioid prescriptions for himself.

Dr. Craig Sherwood pleaded no contest Thursday to a total of 10 felony counts, including five counts of diverting opioids and five counts of health care fraud.

The Berrien County Prosecutor’s Office states that the 65-year-old podiatrist was writing prescriptions in the name of his family members, who were not his patients between 2014 and 2016.

He also was encouraging patients to return unused portions of filled prescriptions. Many of the phony prescriptions were paid for by private insurance.

However, there was no evidence that Sherwood was selling those opioids or that his actions caused an opioid overdose.

He’ll be sentenced on Dec. 11.

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