U.S. Attorney spokesman: No apology forthcoming for Craig doctor
April 27, 2012
Drug Enforcement Administration agents were part of a search warrant executed Tuesday at Dr. Joel Miller’s High Country Medical Office at 535 Yampa Ave.
Jeff Dorschner, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in the District of Colorado, confirmed Friday the DEA’s participation in the search at Miller’s office during which authorities seized an undisclosed number of patient records.
Dorschner could not comment on whether local law enforcement agencies participated in the search.
However, he had a rebuttal for one of Miller’s comments.
On Thursday, the physician said authorities were remorseful during the search and that he expects an apology.
“No,” Dorschner said when asked if the U.S. Attorney's Office plans to apologize to Miller.
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Miller did not confirm Thursday whether authorities took patient files from his office.
"Maybe they did and maybe they didn't," he said.
Dorschner said files from Miller’s office are being held at the Moffat County Public Safety Center.
Local residents interested in learning if their medical records were among those confiscated from Miller's office need to file a request through their health care provider pursuant to patient privacy regulations.
To obtain a copy of records, call the Public Safety Center at 826-2323, ext. 3372.
As of Friday afternoon, no formal charges have been filed against the local physician.
Authorities have not released additional details about the search, citing the case as an ongoing investigation.