Former doctor given suspended two-year term

November 14, 2008|By Nick Madigan | Nick Madigan,nick.madigan@baltsun.com

A 66-year-old former Pikesville doctor, convicted of writing prescriptions for painkillers for patients who admitted wanting to feed their addictions, was given a suspended two-year prison sentence yesterday and ordered to remain inside his home for three months.

Louis W. Miller, whose medical license was suspended last year after his arrest, was also ordered to undergo 18 months of supervised probation, beginning yesterday. During his three-month home detention, Miller may leave his house only to see his probation agent, Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge John G. Turnbull II said.

Miller was convicted Sept. 10 of conspiracy to distribute illegal drugs and cocaine possession. As part of a plea agreement, prosecutor John B. Reilly dropped 10 other charges.

Miller was arrested Nov. 26, 2007, after raids on his home in Stevenson and his office in Pikesville. Police officers found drugs and paraphernalia, including vials of cocaine, hundreds of pain pills, pill crushers, short plastic straws with white residue, bongs and a wooden pipe containing marijuana residue, according to court documents.

Investigators from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Baltimore County Police Department found that Miller, then an internist, provided prescriptions for narcotic pain medications to patients - including an undercover detective - who told him they needed the pills only because they were addicted to them.

Miller's defense attorney, Joseph Murtha, did not respond to a request for comment.

A license-suspension order issued by the Maryland Board of Physicians said that when Miller, who obtained his medical license in June 1970, was searched during the police raid on his office, he had in his pocket a zippered case containing cocaine, as well as five pills of the painkiller Oxycodone and a single tablet of Ritalin, a stimulant that is considered one of the most abused prescription drugs in circulation. Two patients were waiting to see him at the time, according to the order.

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