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Doctor indicted for selling unnecessary drugs

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- A San Francisco Bay Area doctor who met patients at Starbucks, Burger King and other chain restaurants has been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly selling prescriptions to patients who didn't need them.

An indictment unsealed in U.S. District Court in Oakland on Thursday night accuses 62-year-old Toni Daniels of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, conspiracy to distribute and dispense controlled substances, distribution of controlled substances and failing to file a tax return.

Authorities said from 2010 to 2011, Daniels sold patients oxycodone and hydrocodone without conducting any exams or obtaining medical histories.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1iF0NxO ) that prosecutors said Medicare and Medi-Cal paid $64,000 in false claims for the drugs she prescribed, which they said were medically unnecessary.

She is being held without bail in Dublin, Calif., until her next court appearance Monday.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com

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