December 15, 2018  Last Update: November 27, 2017, 8:52 pm

Michigan Prosecutor Richard Steiger Charged with “Doctor Shopping”

doctor shopping for prescription painkillers

"Doctor Shopping" for pain killers is a crime, because it is "obtaining a controlled substance via fraud" under the law.

Michigan prosecutor Richard Steiger has been charged with “doctor shopping”.

The prosecutor has experience pursuing similar charges against defendants, so we assume he’s aware of the seriousness of the charges. He claims he is innocent and the victim of a political action.

According to the Alpene News, of northeastern Michigan, the prosecutor was caught in an investigation conducted by the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team (also known as “HUNT”)  and the Michigan State Police.

Steiger is charged with visiting multiple doctors for prescription pain killers, including OxyContin, Oxycodone and Percocet. Steiger has a history of migraines, arthritis, and sinus problems.

He also has a very extensive history of obtaining pain killers via prescription, according to reports.


“There’s a staggering amount of scripts on his MAPS record,” Putnam said, referring to the Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS), which is a prescription monitoring program for the State of Michigan.

The formal charge is fraud — obtaining a prescription for a controlled substance from a health care provider by fraud.  The Presque Isle County Prosecutor claims innocence, and that the doctors were aware of him seeing multiple doctors.

A case of a good cop “breaking bad”, or just a situational snafu? Steiger made his first court appearance and is out on $5,000 bond while awaiting another in 2 weeks.

“I believe he knew he broke the law because he has prosecuted cases like this in the past.”
- Detective Putnam from HUNT




  1. Donald Dewey says:

    This man is now after me and my family because I mad the remark what is good for the gander is good for the goose and his assistant over heard me say this. This man needs to be investigated by the FBI for all of his illegal things. He had the HUNT team disbanded out of retaliation for this charge. This man is truly bad.

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