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Created: 3/26/2007 4:05:35 PM
Updated: 3/26/2007 7:23:54 PM
A famous doctor who’s wife operated a methadone clinic in Westbrook is going to federal prison. Doctor Marc Shinderman was convicted of writing forged prescriptions and falsifying medical records at the Cap Quality Care methadone clinic in Westbrook.
Monday, a federal judge ordered him to serve six months in prison and another six months of home confinement. He also will serve two years probation and was ordered to pay nearly $36,000 in restitution.
His attorney says Shinderman was targeted because of his controversial methods. The prosecutor denies the charge.
“It doesn’t depend on the nature of the practice. Certainly if a neurologist was forging prescriptions and handing them out to patients and then falsifying medical records, he can guarantee if it becomes known to us, he’ll be prosecuted for it,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Donald Clark.
Because of his conviction, it’s likely Shinderman will also lose his license to practice medicine.
Shinderman was a co-founder of the Center for Addiction Problems in Chicago before coming to Maine. CAP Quality Care in Westbrook, which opened in 2001, was the second methadone clinic in the Portland area.
NEWS CENTER & The Associated Press