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Sep 3, 2013 5:00 PM by Jesse Cohen

Craig doctor denied bond on federal drug charges

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - A Craig doctor accused of improperly dispensing drugs that led to the deaths of two patients will be held behind bars while his case proceeds.

Joel Miller appeared in federal court in Grand Junction Tuesday where his lawyers tried again to get him released on bond. However, U.S. Magistrate Gordon Gallagher denied bond because he thinks Miller is a flight risk.

NBC affiliate KKCO-TV reports the ruling came after a five-hour hearing.

Miller was arrested Aug. 26 in Steamboat Springs on charges of health care fraud, money laundering and distributing and dispensing controlled substances.

An indictment alleges Miller tried to defraud health care benefits programs by prescribing painkillers to patients who didn't necessarily need them at dosages that could cause someone to become addicted.

Miller has denied the allegations.

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