Feds: Monroe doc prescribed 5 million Oxycontin pills over 2 year span

A Monroe doctor has been arrested after authorities say he prescribed more than 5 million doses of narcotics between 2008 and 2010 including the painkiller Oxycontin and fraudulently billed Medicare for more than $5.7 million.

The U.S. attorney's office in Detroit says 53-year-old Oscar Linares was arrested Wednesday after authorities searched his medical office in Monroe. He's charged in a criminal complaint with unlawfully distributing prescription drug controlled substances and health care fraud.

Court records didn't indicate whether he had a lawyer.

The complaint says Linares prescribed controlled substances for as many as 250 patients per day, paying bonuses to employees when the number exceeded 200. Authorities say that he saw few of the patients, and had patients get medical tests without regard to their symptoms or medical conditions.