Manhattan doctor’s office manager indicted on federal drug charges

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A federal grand jury has indicted the office manager of a Manhattan pain clinic on charges of scheming with the doctor to illegally distribute prescription drugs.

The indictment returned Wednesday accuses 29-year-old Sarah Harding-Huffine of writing prescriptions for more than 20 people even though she is not a certified health care provider and is not licensed to do so.

Prosecutors say she used blank prescription forms that Dr. Michael Schuster had pre-signed for his employees to use while he was away traveling.

Harding-Huffine is charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute drugs and one count of drug distribution.

Schuster was indicted in may on similar charges and is awaiting trial.

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