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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.


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

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