A Mishawaka doctor has been arrested for drug dealing.
65 year old Dr. Charles Edward Myers allegedly wrote bogus prescriptions in exchange for sex.
The doctor’s daughter has also been arrested. 30 year old Autumn Myers served as office manager at her dad’s practice at the Mishawaka Medical Arts Building at 303 S. Main Street.
The doctor’s office is the same place where Charles Myers allegedly carried out a three year affair with a patient who was also a prostitute and drug addict.
According to court documents, the woman told police she frequently went to the office on Wednesday afternoons because that’s the day the office closed at noon. The woman said that the two had sex on an air mattress that Dr. Myers kept in the closet in his back office.
“Our office also filed a motion with the court that as a condition of bond that his (Myer’s) license to practice medicine is suspended. And the judge signed that motion. And it is so ordered,” said Prosecutor Michael Dvorak, (D) St. Joseph County.
In a three year period it’s estimated that Dr. Myer’s wrote 150 bogus prescriptions on the woman’s behalf for the likes of Adderall, Methadone, and Oxycodone.
While the court documents do not show Dr. Myers collecting any cash consideration himself, he has been charged with two counts of felony drug dealing.
“He got consideration for it, as we’ve alleged,” said Prosecutor Dvorak.
Court documents indicate the affair began with Dr. Myers paying the woman in cash. Some $5,000 to $10,000 and two years later, the doctor allegedly said he couldn’t afford to continue to do so and the payment method switched to prescriptions.
As for the daughter, Autumn Myers, court documents allege that she did directly sell Adderall pills for $5 apiece. Officers allegedly tracked down the buyer of those pills by examining text messages on Autumn Myer’s cellphone.
The alleged buyer said she was further encouraged by Autumn Myers to become a patient of Dr. Charles Myers and to “make up” a medical problem in order to obtain a prescription for Adderall.
Court documents allege that the scheme further called for half the pills gained through such a prescription were to be given to Autumn Myers.
Police were first alerted to the situation when the sister of the prostitute filed a complaint. The sister tried to refill her legitimate prescription with another doctor and was told she could not—because Dr. Myers had already written her a prescription for the same drugs. It’s alleged that the sister’s name was used on a prescription written by Dr. Myers, and given to the prostitute to use.
Court documents allege that Dr. Myers did talk to investigators with the Indiana Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and that Dr. Myers admitted to the affair, and to providing the woman with controlled substance prescriptions in her name and in the names of her friends.
An expert witness who examined the medical records of Dr. Myers estimated that 150 prescriptions for controlled substances were written on behalf of the woman without a legitimate medical purpose and with no medical diagnosis.
Dr. Myers voluntarily surrendered his DEA practitioner’s registration for controlled substances, and he is to refrain from practicing medicine as a condition of bond.
Dr. Myers faces two counts of “C” felony dealing in a controlled substance. Each count carries a maximum possible penalty of 20 years.